A rich, powerful, mover and shaker.
A young girl. Lots of them, it turns out.
Each one of them is an image-bearer of God, used to satiate the lusts of another rich wolf.
Not only does she have to bear the scars of unspeakable trauma, she now has to hear the attacks and slanders on her name.
(Have you heard the one about the 9 year old girl that was “overly sexualized” and “seduced” her rapist? Yeah. That was what he said. And they believed him.)
The powerful man – whether minister, representative, president, judge, father, husband – MUST be innocent. If powerful men are this wicked, what hope do any of us have? She, therefore, must be lying.
Why are we so quick to condemn the innocent and acquit the guilty? Why is our gut reaction always, “She’s lying”
“Why didn’t she tell someone?”
Why did she wait?
What was she wearing?
What was she drinking?
Because if she is telling the truth, we live in a different world than the one we want to live in.
If she is telling the truth, then God was right when he said, “Their mouth is an open sepulcher, there is none righteous. No, not one…” and that is hard to swallow.
If she is telling the truth, then the world is ugly and dangerous. But we want it to be safe, at least for people like us.
If she is telling the truth, then “weep and howl, you rich men, for the miseries that shall come upon you” and the judgment of God is terrifying.
But if she is lying, we can go back to the conferences. If she is lying, we can vote for the guy again. He’s so good for our side. We can go on like we always do.
If she is lying, we can shake our heads sorrowfully and go back to the football game.
If she is lying, then our people are still OK and as long as we stay away from those others, we can be safe and happy and blissfully unaware of her hurt and pain and trauma. Our boat stays secure.
As long as she plays the part right. Submit. Keep quiet. Don’t rock the boat. And everything stays the same.
But God sees it. He warns us. It is very, very easy to believe the rich and powerful and influential. We want our heroes sparkling clean, so it is easy to believe that she is lying.
When one is without power, there is no gain in believing her. And if you do believe her, your world will turn upside down.
People will ask, “What happened to you?”
What happened was that I believed her. And my world turned upside down.
I believed her, and I was right. He did it. And the world is upside down. The only hope is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We need a resurrection, because death and destruction and hatred and ugliness is very, very real.
God sees it all. And he warns us about believing those from whom we can gain, and dismissing those who cannot profit us.
22 “You shall not afflict any widow or orphan.
23 “If you afflict him at all, and if he does cry out to Me, I will surely hear his cry;
24 and My anger will be kindled, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall become widows and your children fatherless.