This hashtag popped up on my twitter feed today.
I’d like to say this is an isolated incident.
I’d like to say that church leadership does the right thing most of the time.
But I can’t.
I have seen too many young women demonized for a less than pure history while young men, church going young men, frequent strip clubs and partake in one night stands with little or no consequence. And a blind eye is turned. “Boys will be boys,” after all. I’ve seen affairs and promiscuity remain unaddressed because no one wants to make anyone feel uncomfortable. Make no mistake, purity is not an option in the Christian life.
But, what REALLY makes me cry? What makes me throw back my head and wail?
When church leadership sweeps these “incidents,” such as the one in the article above, under the rug.
Let’s call it out, shall we? It’s sexual ASSAULT. And when the pastors, elders, and people of leadership hide the truth from their congregations because shining a light on it would soil the reputation of the church or “ruin” the future of the perpetrator?
I die a bit inside.
When protecting the image of a church or person in leadership becomes more important than protecting the victim?
What are we here for anyway? We are supposed to be protecting the downtrodden. Defending the abused.
Instead victims are told they have unforgiving hearts. That the sin is theirs.
I have no more words.
I invite yours.