Abusers know no shame
[May 25, 2022: There have been some changes made to this post. For more information, read the Editors’ notes at the bottom of the post. Editors.]
1 Woe to the city that is rebellious and defiled,
the oppressive city!
2 She has not obeyed;
she has not accepted discipline.
She has not trusted in the Lord;
she has not drawn near to her God.
3 The princes within her are roaring lions;
her judges are wolves of the night,
which leave nothing for the morning.
4 Her prophets are reckless—
Her priests profane the sanctuary;
they do violence to instruction.
5 The righteous Lord is in her;
he does no wrong.
He applies his justice morning by morning;
he does not fail at dawn,
yet the one who does wrong knows no shame. [Emphasis added.]
(Christian Standard Bible)
This passage is clearly talking about abusers. Wolves. Treacherous men. People who often hold positions of power in the community.
Many Christian counselors and psychologists seem to ignore this passage. They prefer to think that abusers have shame and they abuse others in order to ‘cover’ their shame or ‘flee’ from their inner shame. I do not buy this argument. And neither does Dr George Simon Jr.
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