I’ve done some hinting about abuse I’ve experienced in my life and that I don’t feel free to name anybody, because my story doesn’t just involve me. It also involves my “abuser.”
True, some would say it’s not the victim’s job to protect the feelings of an abuser. But the Holy Spirit just won’t stop reminding me that ALL of us have been “the abuser” at times. That’s why I believe I still have an obligation to treat others the way I would want to be treated, regardless of the wrong they’ve done.
It’s complicated trying to balance mercy and justice.
(Note: I was going to link to a post about mercy vs. justice by James Watkins, but it appears he took it down. Perhaps the Facebook comments might explain why it was removed.)
What if we suspect someone else is being abused and inaction could make it worse?
What if a potential abuser turns out to be an actual abuser, and the silence allowed him to continue?
Taylor University is being criticized for “covering up” abuse by one of their professors, because they didn’t share when accusations were made. Some have claimed the school is partially responsible for the assaults carried out over 14 years, because they didn’t speak about the complaints from the very beginning.
When we don’t speak, it comes across as hiding something.
When we don’t speak, we appear to be sweeping dirt under the rug.
And that is why I’ve decided to speak up about a case of suspected abuse happening RIGHT NOW.
It has come to my attention that an Anti-Christian group is using one of the victim’s stories for a private purpose: attacking religion in general.
The group is called “The Life After,” referring to the “life after religion,” because internet Atheists often pretend they they’re no longer blinded by fundamentalism–in order to avoid the same criticism they levy against pretty much everyone.
Ex-Christians running groups similar to “The Life After” are the most hypocritical judges I’ve ever met.
They tend to wait with gleeful anticipation for the next pastor to fall. They almost celebrate when people get abused in church, because it serves to validate the enormous chips on their shoulder.
They collect stories of abuse like trophies in their admitted quest to “empty the pews.”
But there’s a problem. Atheists can’t make moral judgements against hypocrites without being hypocrites themselves.
Naturalism can’t explain why a male member of the herd “shouldn’t” put his hands on a female before being invited, because their feelings about sexual morality are nothing but chemical reactions.
Science doesn’t tell us what’s right and wrong.
Here’s William Provine, to back me up. (He was an Atheist before he died.)
“No inherent moral or ethical laws exist, nor are there any absolute guiding principles for human society. The universe cares nothing for us and we have no ultimate meaning in life…”
Also, you can listen to Fredrich Nietzsche:
“When one gives up Christian belief one thereby deprives oneself of the right to Christian morality. For the latter is not self-evident… Christianity is a system.”
Or how about Julian Baggini? (Also an Atheist.)
“If there is no single moral authority we have to ‘create’ values for ourselves… that means that moral claims are not true or false in the same way as factual claims are… you may disagree with me but you cannot say I have made a factual error.”
Therefore, to claim you have no religious beliefs AND claim that a Christian or church group has done something “shameful” is to lie.
Anti-Religion Nuts who wag their fingers at abusers are lying, both to themselves and to others. On one hand, they demand that churches stop “judging” people; but on the other they demand vengeance when a church DOESN’T judge a potential predator fast enough.
That makes them classic religious hypocrites!
Thus, we have to ask ourselves: do they really care when someone tells a story about being abused in the church setting? Or are they just using those people, to make themselves look caring?
Well–I’m sure the chemicals in their head swirl in such a way that they feel something. I’m not denying that Atheists experience “sadness” and “rage” and…smugness.
But mostly I believe they’re just stalking hashtags like #MeToo, so they can promote their own platform when a Christian fails.
They are USING the stories of victims, for their own purpose and power.
Which is the definition of abuse.
I don’t know how to handle these situations delicately. I don’t know whether I’m doing the right thing, or if I should quietly pray for the anti-religion predators at “The Life After.” I realize there are Christians who will shame me for calling out Atheist immorality so directly.
But, if the news breaks 14 years from now that someone affiliated with their organization has been charged with serious misconduct, at least I will be able to say I spoke early and plainly.
I will point out abuse WHEREVER I see it, and not just when it generates traffic on my Twitter page. I will call out hypocrisy BOTH in the Church and in the hundreds of places online where Atheistic Fundies take advantage of suffering Christians.
If God is immoral and the Bible is trash, then Atheists must explain where their sense of justice comes from before they can stand up for it.
And, since they won’t be able to define justice without constructing a new religion…
…well, I’m afraid the only thing they’re doing is STEALING righteous outrage from Christian victims, just so they can fill their worthless, meaningless Twitter feed with content.
That’s abusive behavior which I refuse to cover up.