Good Quote on Why We Won’t Stand Up for Abuse Victims
Here is a quote from a fundamentalist pastor / writer in an article written to expose an abusive, power-hungry man within this pastor’s own denomination. It is refreshing to read such words from that camp. While they certainly are not alone in their protection of abusers, the fundamental Baptist movement is a very, very fertile field for abuse to thrive in:
“All personalities and personal involvement set aside, I have a growing concern that a man who can convince himself that black is white and white is black should have the position of leadership and esteem that he has, in the country. What can Fundamentalism and Fundamentalists do? For one thing, we can start standing up for what right and opposing what is wrong, even – or especially – in our own movement. Perhaps we should forget the liberal Presbyterians and the compromising Convention Baptists for a season and concentrate on setting our own house in order. We desperately need men of God who are willing to take a stand, no matter what it costs. Beloved brethren, we do not have one man in our midst…. so valuable to our Fundamentalist movement that his sin should be covered. As one of the preachers I interviewed said to me, “This is directly the problem. We have not had men who have been willing to stand on an issue.” Sadly, he spoke the truth. Myriad are the men who face every issue on the basis, “How will it affect me?” rather than, “What is right?” (see Chapter 3 – The Saddest Story We Ever Published! [Internet Archive link])
Isn’t that right? Is this not the real reason sin such as abuse is tolerated in our churches? Because we are more concerned with how it will affect US, rather than with what God says is RIGHT? The former approach throws the lambs (abuse victims) to the slaughter. The latter stands alongside her and suffers reproach with her.