A Cry For Justice

Awakening the Evangelical Church to Domestic Violence and Abuse in its Midst

A post you might like to comment on at The Gospel Coalition

A Few Reasons King’s Vision for America Remains Unfulfilled is a recent blog post by Thabiti Anyabwile at The Gospel Coalition (TGC).

In his final paragraph, Anyabwile has this to say about America’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jnr’s legacy:

It won’t do for us to “celebrate” his legacy while quietly lamenting his theology when our own theology has been and continues to be so inept at addressing justice.

We encourage our readers to go there and submit comments. I have already submitted one and it appears to have been published. Here’s what I wrote:

“It won’t do for us to “celebrate” his legacy while quietly lamenting his theology when our own theology has been and continues to be so inept at addressing justice.”

I agree. One big area where the conservative church is currently getting it wrong is the injustice it often metes out to victims of domestic abuse. Don’t believe me? Check out our blog A Cry For Justice (click on my name).

A few examples of the injustice:
– telling the victim to submit more / love the abuser more…. this only entrenches the problem because nothing the victim does can fix the problem. The problem is with the abuser and the abuser alone.

– recommending couple counseling. This will not solve the problem and often makes it worse because the abuser manipulates and enlists the counselor to blame the victim.

– minimising the sins of the abuse by telling the victim “Well you’re a sinner too; you’re no different from your spouse!”

These are only a few of the injustices. Please read our blog and find out what the others are.

Thabiti Anyabwile is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman in the Grand Cayman Islands and a Council member with The Gospel Coalition.

Note: This is an informational post only so is in addition to our regular Monday-Friday output of posts.

3 Comments

  1. I am pleased to say that Thabiti Angabwile replied to my comment on his blog. Here is what he said:

    January 22, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Dear Barbara,

    Thank you for joining the conversation and for recommending things for our education in this most important of areas. The Lord give us courage and wisdom as we try to help those facing abuse escape it.

    Grace and peace,

    • Pippa

      Yes, that is pleasing!

  2. AJ

    Just wanted to say thank you once again for all you do on our behalf. Your blog/thoughts/encouragement/information and support are a lifeline where it is really hard to find any in the local spiritual community. Prayer for Gods great blessings for everyone who contributes here.

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