Must Read Monday: Sexual Abuse, Abortion, and Alive in New York
Clergy and church leader sexual abuse exposed in America’s largest protestant denomination
The Houston Chronicle is posting a series of articles exposing the Abuse of Faith by pastors, deacons, youth workers and others associated with congregations and entities associated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Because the SBC is not a hierarchical body, leaders attempted to insulate themselves and the institution over years of credible claims by victims. Journalists are now doing for victims what the church failed to do – and like Nathan to David, there is a “you are the man” moment.
Beth Moore, a Southern Baptist and a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, is leading a conversation on Twitter that is both heartbreaking and encouraging. It is a victim’s platform where adults are posting pictures of themselves at the age their abuse began. We can no longer hide from this.
Knowing when it’s time to retreat, repent and resign: commentary on Virginia’s Governor
The euphoric celebration in the NY legislature over its expansive abortion laws set off a wave of legislation in other states. One of those states was Virginia, and the Governor’s advocacy for abortion up to the point of delivery was the flashpoint igniting what evolved into an examination of his character and revelations of his having dressed in blackface during medical school. Many have called for his resignation but he refuses to do so. In the meantime, his black Lt. Gov. faces impeachment today for substantiated allegations of sexual assault by two women – which he denies. The Governor, in an interview with CBS This Morning, conflated Virginia’s indentured servants (white immigrants who came to The Colonies under labor contracts for a period of service) with slavery – setting off a new wave of demands for him to step down.
At what point has a leader so lost touch that it is time for him to retreat, repent and resign?
What does it cost the Governor to retreat from the position he staked out on what some are characterizing as infanticide?
What does it cost him to retreat from reference to indentured servitude when the issue at hand is the deep sin of slavery?
What might genuine repentance look like for having worn blackface and participated on more than one occasion at events where others wore KKK costumes?
When is it time to resign?
Informative here is the story of King David and the prophet Nathan. Read II Samuel 11:1-12:25. It is the account of a great sin, actually sin upon sin. But it is also the story of being called to account, repentance, redemption and restoration.
Alive in New York
Focus on the Family is planning a pro-life event in New York on May 4. Called “Alive in New York” it is a specific and tangible way Christians can bear witness for life against New York’s new abortion laws. n May 4. Today’s Focus on the Family broadcast includes an interview with Senator Ben Sasse on late-term abortion.