To #ChurchToo Daughters of Zion, arise, shake off the dust, cast off chains. You are free. Redeemed. When you're ready to fight, know God has made you from iron. As Micah says, "Arise and thresh." God was never on the side of evil.
Trust is precious and fragile. Every human relationship requires some degree of gifted trust. All social contracts are built on trust. When we trust others, we lower ourselves. We expose our throats believing the other party would never cut us at the jugular. We depend on them, and they on us. We expect mutual loyalty, mutual love, mutual fellowship, mutual support...
"Jesus Christ does not need your protection; he needs your obedience. Obedience means that you pursue justice and you stand up for the oppressed and you stand up for the victimized, and you tell the truth about the evil of sexual assault and the evil of covering it up . . . [I]f we’re not speaking out when it costs, then [the gospel] doesn’t matter to us enough."
Pluralistic ignorance causes the bystander effect, and it creates bystander apathy. Click to watch the video explaining this phenomenon and to read 25 ways to reduce the bystander effect and help victims of sexual violence . . .
Sexual violence survivors from within the church join in a harmonizing chorus, reminding us abuse is in the #ChurchToo . Read their experiences here...
Black bleeds into white--ink blot distortions, diffused in shades of gray. So, right looks wrong, and wrong seems okay. The willingly blind pretend to look away. Click to read more . . .
"'If we fail to hold our spouses and our children to the same standards, if we are unwilling or unable to provide a consequence when they do not meet the standard; and if our schools and churches and our government fail to hold themselves accountable to those they serve, there is but one thing to look forward to …'"
The ruins / Staining hearts / And Crumbling Covenants
Even bad writing is good when it helps you find your voice. Writing is a healthy way to relieve swelling emotion. It results in creation, not destruction. Here’s my own little creation based on a sketch I drew: The Potter’s Field.
Our design isn't accidental. We are damaged with purpose. By reframing our perspectives of ourselves, we allow defects to localize our light. Then, like the butterfly, we can scatter our energy into the world.