“Nothing is worse than the use of the name of Jesus to prey on the vulnerable.”
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
If there is one good thing about the plethora of sexual abuse revelations in church bodies, it is that some of the wolves preying on the sheep are being caught.
Lots of bad news, of course, most poignantly the abused, traumatized victims that suffer from PTSD, self-abuse, and cynicism toward the Christianity. The sexual predators aren’t the only guilty ones. Too often, knowing church officials turn a blind eye, cover up, or wash their hands of responsibility. And who do not offer compassion and healing to victims. Also complicit, although less directly, are church leaders and laity who do not take precautions to thoroughly guard their flocks.(more…)