I add my voice to this. Jane, we hear you and believe you.
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Thank you for providing this post and links even though it is very disturbing. The truth must be exposed. There are too many victims silenced by false Christianity. 😦
I understand Jane. I know Jane. We share a story of rape and injustice. The difference? Jane told her religious leaders. My experience with the church and it’s leaders who raped me remain silent.
I think I would rather die than let my secret out to those who are family and friends of my rapists. He’s dead. The others are old. But my youth pastor is still living and is on my FB page. I could never tell him. Although kind and supportive of me in my youth , I don’t think he would believe me. The senior pastor who raped me was adored, and applauded.
Jane you are brave. So brave.
I see black and white in some issues. I might be wrong, and people will say I should keep my own judgement of the men at this college.
But for me, none of those men are saved, transformed Christians.
They put status, pedigree, money, reputation, indignation, of themselves and the school above the needs of a victim.
What I think should have taken place is a deep Mourning and groaning of searing conviction. Then repentance . For any assumed and unassuming role in enabling or fostering attitude of rape and rape culture.
They should have sent this young man packing to the police , and removed him from school .
They should have come round this girl with love , kindness and comfort providing and offering anything she wanted.
To me as a victim of rape by pastors and elders of a church, everything they did points to their own self preservation of reputation, job, and comfort.
In my mind it’s pretty simple.
They did not respond in mercy , love or grace.
They did not respond as Jesus said. If you can’t see Jesus in these men under such dramatic, circumstances where their light should be bright , to me they don’t have the light of Christ in them . Therefore they don’t know him.
That’s what I think.
Bunkababy, I agree with you about the lack of true Christianity, and I mourn your story as well as Jane’s. There have been many times I’ve wanted to put ashes on my head and rend my garments and wail. This is another one.
I’m so sorry, Bunkababy. I was camping when you wrote, and I didn’t see this until right now.
I am so sorry that this has happened to you.
I am so sorry and angry that those who were supposed to be shepherds of the sheep have given their lives to making names for themselves and building huge organizations and filling bank accounts, while the sheep are being devoured by wolves.
I am so sorry that you have no one to tell. I cry with you, and tell you that this never happens, but it happens over and over and over again.
When did the gospel of Jesus become a commodity to be bought and sold? Built by power brokers and wolves
I hate it. God hates it. He will tear down the false shepherds.
I pray that you will find a safe home. If you want to find me on facebook, I’m there and you can PM me anytime and I will help wherever I can. I know that there are true and faithful churches out there.
They are usually rubbish with promotion, their websites are generally outdated; they don’t have social media mastered, they just shepherd the sheep, visit the sick, bind up the wounded.
But they are out there. What you have experienced is the machine, the organization, the corporate shell of a church.
I pray you find the true church. It will be small, “unpolished”. There won’t be a Starbucks in the lobby. They will probably still serve folgers in the fellowship hall, because the pastor is preaching the gospel, not the slick show of what passes for Christianity today.
May God bless you. I hope you find this blog a comfort.
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