Let me tell you two stories, with the same cast of characters.
My question isn't whether you watch the show or not, whether you vote blue or red, but
are People of the Cross are going to stand up?
Because we can. And we do. We fight with holy zeal for the innocence of young girls halfway across the world. We are heroic in our compassion. But what about the young girls in our own churches? I'm not equating Josh Duggar and other child molesters with ISIS. They aren't ISIS. And that is why it's harder for us to defy the evil of what they do.
Because the truth is that when a Christian brother takes the innocence of a girl, we can't completely separate ourselves from what he's done. He's one of us. He's brought shame on the entire Body. It's yucky and it's nauseating and it's a gut-wrenching reminder that we live in the not yet....that even the Church is not what she should be, or what by grace she shall be. We shall be a spotless Bride. But for now, these abuses, these dark and shameful sins, are spots on our white dress, for all the world to see. So we try to sew patches over them. With each new scandal, each denial of sin, each white-washing, we fumble more and more diligently to sew together the rags of self-righteousness, when we could have instead the clothing of Christ Himself. When we leave Him behind to sit beside those who enable and hide abuse, we leave the only source of cleansing from our spots and our shame.
As People of the Cross, we should know better. We should stand up. We should speak out. Not just against the Big Bad Evils in Iraq and Syria but against the Big Bad Evils right here in our churches.
We can say this time that we aren't going to protect the predator at the expense of the victims. We're going to seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.
We can speak for the silenced. Stand by the shamed.
People of the Cross, remember.....
Someone did that for us first.