Into the Light
Updated: Sep 12
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. ~ 1 John 1:5-6
I have noticed that when someone brings to light abuse in a Christian setting, often that person is roundly criticized for making things ugly and messy.
I want to challenge this perspective.
When there is abuse in a Christian setting, it is not the whistle-blower who is to blame.
Think about it for a moment.
Why should the person bringing the abuse to light be held responsible for the resulting mess?
Would we prefer that the abuse continue under the radar?
Why do we find it so difficult to hold the abuser responsible for the mess?
How do we picture that it should look when abuse is brought to light?
When someone experiences spiritual abuse, the pain marks them, for years.
When we blame them for the mess, we pile on additional pain, confusion, and condemnation.
When we treat the abuser with extreme care and treat the whistle-blower with suspicion and hostility, we hit the whistle-blower emotionally in the middle of their open wound.
The pain is deep and shocking and lasting. It is a very lonely and shattering place to be.
We hit the whistle-blower emotionally in the middle of their open wound.
We can do better than this. I believe God is calling Christian ministries to stop protecting abusers and to start listening to those who bring the abuse to light.
If you are in a Christian ministry and someone brings abuse to light, please do not blame the whistle-blower for the mess. He or she is not responsible for the mess.
It is an act of love to bring abuse to light. Receive it as love.
Help your organization to walk in the light. Call the abuser to repent. Help the whistle-blower on the long journey of healing.
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But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. ~ 1 John 1:7
About: Jenny Switkes is a pastor, mathematics professor, and missionary who is passionate about Jesus and loves the bivocational life that God has given her. She loves helping apostolic leaders clarify their calling and take next steps to live their call.
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