Weep with those who weep.

'Child's Play' photo (c) 2011, Damian Gadal - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Tonight,  I should have been revising. But I found there was something more important to do.

I don’t know how much people on our side of the pond have heard about Sovereign Grace Ministries and the legal stuff going on over massive abuse and cover up allegations in recent months.  I’ve read bits and pieces, because the name Sovereign Grace caught my eye: we use a lot of their worship music in churches I go to, and C.J. Mahaney is a fairly well known name in the evangelical circles I move in. So I’ve kept an eye.

Tonight, I read this post from Rachel Held Evans, offering words of support to the survivors of this abuse. She’s done a whole series on abuse in the church, and her blog is a good place to start for reading more on the issues as a whole. The blog post linked to this report by Boz Tchividjian “who has worked on cases related to child abuse for most of his career and the founder of G.R.A.C.E (Godly Response to Abuse in a Christian Environment)”, and having read through that, I turned to read the details of the allegations themselves, found here.

If you want to know about these stories, there’s plenty on the internet about it; the links above are a good start. But if you want to have a pleasant evening, I don’t recommend you read any of it. The details are horrific, really horrific. But tonight I felt I needed to read it, to hear the stories of those children, some from as young as two or three, who endured years of abuse and silencing in the places they should have felt safest, in their churches and schools. I needed to know their pain, to be another person who believes them, who knows that it’s not their fault.

I don’t know what my part is in preventing abuse of children in churches, I don’t know what I can do. I don’t know where my career will go, or which people I’ll meet in future, whose stories I’ll become part of and when I’ll be needed to stand up and speak for someone else. But I know I can’t ignore it, and I know I can’t be part of the Church staying silent.

The revision and the exam can all wait for tomorrow. Tonight, I need to weep with those who weep.

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About Claire

@claireylegs Keen on Jesus. Keen on justice. Ministry assistant in the Great North East. Blogger. Find me in: coffee shop / church / pub / bed.
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One Response to Weep with those who weep.

  1. Lasseter says:

    I will admit that I have not been especially attentive to the news in recent months (life’s transient cares and all that), but I get the sense that stories such as this are not getting a great deal of coverage in the mainstream press here in America: one has to go to certain corners of the Internet, where, then (as you point out) one can find a wealth of information. Indeed, if it were not for my own encounter with religious abuse last year, I would not have begun to explore certain of those corners of the Internet myself and may well have remained more or less oblivious to this aspect of American Christendom. Indeed my acquaintance with blogs and pages such as yours and the ones you mention flow just from this incidental cause.

    So anyway, a tip of the hat for pausing a moment (in your studies and in your online endeavor) to comment on this perhaps woefully under-reported evil.

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