None of us like to think about the matter of sexual abuse. Yet, as long as we live in a fallen world, we will always need to be diligent to protect the ones we love–especially when they are unable to protect themselves. Deepak Reju, writing at The Gospel Coalition, offers wise and intensely practical insight into the important issue of protecting our children from predators at church. Below is an excerpt from and a link to the article.
Jonathan was sick to his stomach. No pastor ever wants to see a child hurt. Yet his church was facing a lawsuit over sexual abuse that recently occurred in their children’s ministry. He was bogged down with conversations with a lawyer, shepherding the distraught families in his congregation, feeling guiltt over his failed leadership, and trying to hold things together. In his own words, Jonathan said, “It felt like a bomb just went off and I’m cleaning up the mess.”
“Jimmy” was a friendly man who had joined First Baptist Church about a year ago. He was kind, and the members of First Baptist took a quick liking to him. He volunteered to teach a Sunday school class and got to know “Peter,” an 8-year-old boy. Things started innocently. A hug at the end of class. Gifts for Peter. Lots of extra attention.
And then it happened. Jimmy took advantage of Peter. He made Peter keep it a secret. Peter cried a lot over the next few days (which was not like him), and eventually his mother got the secret out of him. She contacted the pastor immediately, but the church made excuses. She was so outraged that she sued the church.
Read the whole article here.