…but rather, EXPOSE them…

child abuse casts a shadowI know that we don’t want to hear about this stuff.  But we need to listen, to act, to speak up.

Eight common myths about child sexual abuse:  http://www.leadershipcouncil.org/1/res/csa_myths.html

Self-deception is part of the child molester’s sickness.Those who don’t get this enable child molesters to continue.  http://www.reformation21.org/blog/2014/05/protecting-our-young-ones.php

“…pedophiles cannot flee from temptation while being exposed to children. We are dealing with a profoundly sick disease; a disease for which the Gospel has the answer, but the answer is not to re-incorporate those who have sexually abused the least of these
into a community of faith where children play a large part. There are other opportunities for worship where this individual can worship.”
http://uribrito.com/pedophiles-church/

This is an older post,but I have never forgotten it. “Severely abused children do not plan for the future. The future has been wiped as a potential space. Thus, they often function well below what would have been their potential. Underneath it all is the shame and humiliation which drive a desire for surcease from the emotional blankness or pain. Suicide rates are higher, but more importantly, such children feel they do not deserve a future so they don’t make plans for one. They simply drift.” More excellent information on what abuse does to permanently alter the brain:

http://neighborhoodofgod.blogspot.com/2006/01/cast-adrift-by-judge-cashman.html

“to live in denial is the best way to ensure that the church’s trafficking of children continues. I can’t emphasize enough how prevalent abuse is in the church” Jimmy Hinton, a minister who learned that his dad, another minister, had been molesting children at church for decades.

http://jimmyhinton.org/2014/06/04/child-sex-trafficking-in-the-church/

Also from the above link:

” It is our job as Christians to “have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible” (Ephesians 5:11-14 NIV). Folks, it’s time we get out the spotlights! Tell your church leaders that this problem is real, that it happens all the time, and that we won’t stand for the church being silent on the sex trafficking of our young children.”

I can’t even count the number of times I’ve heard a nice Christian advocating that we not talk too much about those nasty things like rape, child molestation, and similar crimes because those sorts of things are ‘shameful even too mention.’  But that’s a serious twisting and wrenching out of context- the command is to EXPOSE them, because the light makes them visible, and we are on the side of the light, are we not?

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6 Comments

  1. Maggie
    Posted June 5, 2014 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    I thought this was a good take on it (from http://www.frontlinemoms.com/2014/05/28/open-letter-fellow-homeschool-parents/)

    “I propose that anyone who is truly repentant and reformed of sexually abusing a child should have no problem being under accountability, limits, and supervision. They would acknowledge their own risk for relapse, and not put themselves in a position where they could be even falsely accused.

    Just as wise leaders would never send a former alcoholic into bars to do ministry, former abusers should never be entrusted with children alone. (This applies to families, as well as ministries.)”

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted June 5, 2014 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

      Absolutely. Thanks for reminding me about that one.

  2. Cat
    Posted June 5, 2014 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    I follow a page on Facebook called “Awkward Moments Children’s Bible” by “Horus Gilgamesh.” (Once an evangelizing Christian, he is no longer a believer, fyi.) He has been pretty vocal about the topic of sexual abuse in churches lately as well. Today he researched and posted this list of clergy accused of sexual crimes in May 2014 alone, as publicized in local news reports around the country. It’s pretty discouraging.

    http://tinyurl.com/mqgoly4

  3. Cat
    Posted June 5, 2014 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    This might be a better link (it’s to the FB page w/the story): https://www.facebook.com/AwkwardBible?fref=nf

  4. Posted June 6, 2014 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Thank you for keeping on talking about these “unpleasant/ uncomfortable” things. It helps me so much to feel validated. Like I’m not crazy, lying, overreacting, dwelling on the past, having hate in my heart etc. All the things I am told as a child sexual abuse survivor.

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted June 6, 2014 at 9:03 am | Permalink

      And the latest I heard, “you just don’t want to be well.”

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