This is a topic that is rarely spoken of, because quite frankly…it makes people feel uncomfortable talking about it. It’s not a nice Christian topic by any means, and it stirs up all sorts of difficult feelings for many families. The fact that abuse keeps happening in the churches is reason to bring the issue out into the Light and be very aware of it and how to protect ourselves and our children from becoming victims. While there is no steadfast 100% protection from being on the receiving end of bad behavior inflicted by others, we can educate ourselves for the best possible protection.
Lets face it, this isn’t only happening in the Catholic Churches, it is widespread in Protestant churches too. So lets not get arrogant about ‘not being like the Catholic Priests’.
A friend of mine on Facebook shared this valuable resource with me and I wanted to pass it on to my readers. NetGrace.org is an organization to help educate us on what they call, A Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment- G.R.A.C.E.
I know it’s not easy to read about such things, but as parents we owe it to our children to know what we’re dealing with. While we may think the church is the safest possible place to raise our kids, the Adversary knows this and has his way of targeting children right smack in the middle of a church service. So lets not walk around with our heads in the sand and blind as a bat.
G.R.A.C.E. has this very informative page with Prevention Tips that I believe we all need to read very carefully. This doesn’t mean that we have to be afraid all the time, for we certainly do walk in the victory of the Cross, but with victory comes responsibility to be the best possible parents and advocates for our children as possible. Be sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter too.
I have not received any compensation for introducing you to this organization. I just really believe it’s time we become smarter Christians. Just because a church gives their stamp of approval on someone doesn’t mean we should close our eyes and trust them blindly. We’re ultimately responsible for our children…not the church. I know that no one wants to believe that a pastor, youth pastor, deacon, or otherwise in the church would ever violate children and teens, but it happens. Simply google, ‘pastor arrested’ and ‘youth pastor arrested’ to see how often this is occurring in our nation. It’s happened in a church I used to go to, and it has happened in other churches in my city as well. In fact, I know of 4 cases that made it to the ones and one that got silenced…just in the last 10 years.
Be prayerful and wise my dear friends.Lets protect the children so they can be confident growing up, safely, in the Christian Community.