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

Tolerant Jesus Meek and Mild — a blog I recommend

I recently discovered the blog Tolerant Jesus Meek and Mild. The blogger obviously understands the dynamics of abuse and how the Bible is misinterpreted in ways that enable abusers and encumber the victims of abuse. He or she has been a student at Moody Bible Institute. The posts show a pretty good understanding of what is taught in evangelical fundamentalist Christian circles.

I came across the blog because Julie Cleaveland, who blogs at Be Outside The Camp, linked to it in her recent post A Letter to Anna Duggar. I recommend Julie’s letter to Anna Duggar. I think most of my readers would get a lot out of it.

Here are several posts at Tolerant Jesus Meek and Mild.

Tolerant Jesus?

What about Justice?

What if Elijah was right in running?

If we cannot pray the Imprecatory Psalms, then our faith is in vain

You are a pearl

I have added Tolerant Jesus Meek and Mild and Be Outside the Camp to our blogroll.

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Other posts by Julie Cleveland

Comforting My Church With the Comfort They Gave – Julie kindly wrote this as a guest post at ACFJ, before she started her own blog.

“We Are Not Your Chum”

1 Comment

  1. Finding Answers

    From the original post: “I recently discovered the blog Tolerant Jesus Meek and Mild….”

    I have started reading through the Tolerant Jesus Meek and Mild blog, starting with the oldest posts first. In the post Tolerant Jesus (and keeping in mind how abusive “churches” treat abusers and victims, and knowing I have a quirky sense of humour), I was particularly struck (pun unintended) by the following paragraph:

    Many people have heard the story of the Good Samaritan (and often how pastors use this parable to say love the wicked). However, who was the Samaritan’s neighbor? The half-dead Jew lying on the road, NOT the ones who beat him up. If Jesus really wanted us to love absolutely everyone, why would He not have told the parable so that the Samaritan, after taking care of the Jew, went in search of the robbers and tried to love them? It seems like many pastors today do in fact do that (trying to love the robbers), but in the process, they kick the bleeding, bruised, and broken victim out of the way like he or she is just a speedbump or a hurdle to get past. If pastors are willing to step on anyone to reach the lost, perhaps they’ve got it wrong.

    (Bold added by me.)

    When I first read the sentence I have bolded, I laughed cynically….I suspect that, at some point someone HAS twisted the parable of the Good Samaritan as described in the (above) excerpted paragraph.

    From the original post: “….I recommend Julie’s letter to Anna Duggar….”

    I read through Julie Cleaveland’s A Letter to Anna Duggar….one of the things I disagree with is her use of the word “condemn” in the following paragraph:

    However, my former husband didn’t want to let the parts of God into his heart that condemned his own cruelty. He didn’t want parts of God that would judge him for how he treated his wife. He didn’t want to let in the parts of God Who would shine the Light of day and truth on what he did to his own children. He didn’t want to let in the parts of God who would condemn him for what he did to — how he used — those smaller, weaker than him, or those vulnerable to his charm and manipulation. He didn’t want that part of God.

    While the Holy Spirit convicts us (and He has convicted me many times, very big sigh), He does not condemn us. Other people might condemn us (and not meaning through the judicial system), and / or we might condemn ourselves (and I have condemned myself many times, also very big sigh).

    (Perhaps one day there will be fewer reasons for the Holy Spirit to convict me….and perhaps there will be a day when I stop condemning myself.)

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