This has been a frustrating and disappointing week. However, we are encouraged by the ground swell of concern being expressed in the media. No matter the spin on the part of "leaders," there is continued expression of outrage on the subject of the alleged cover-up of abuse.
This is just a gentle, general reminder, with no one in particular in mind, that we need to be sensitive to the possibilities of misunderstandings, and even misrepresentations, during this trying time. This blog is being quoted in the media and that means we are under scrutiny.
Therefore, please abstain from using any language, even metaphorically or jokingly, which could be misused as evidence of threats or violence towards another human. We know our readers, as well as your two dog and bird loving bloggers, would never do such a thing but others might not.
We are going to add a few words to our word filter which means, if used, they will go into moderation. We will then approve those one by one which may take some time if we are taking naps in our mothers' basements. Although this is not a comprehensive list, here are a few examples.
- hold a gun to his head
This next statement is for our detractors. We dislike the way things have gone at SGM and other churches. We disagree with the way it appears certain theology is applied and we do not believe in authoritarian pastors or leaders (sometimes called strong leadership by those who appear to minimize the outcomes). However, we wish to see these churches reform, not be destroyed, and we pray to that end. Think along the lines of Martin Luther whose life has something to do with the name of our blog.
However, we do not apologize for defending alleged victims. We believe their accounts, as well as many more accounts, as documented at SGM Survivors and the former SGM Refuge. We believe the stories of alleged victims in other church families as well. Our detractors can feel good about standing with other well-known Christian leaders while we feel good about standing with the unconnected and unknown alleged victims. As always, we pray that truth will prevail, even if it is difficult.
Finally, we pray for those involved in the tragedy in Gaithersburg as well as for Joshua Harris who has recently discussed his own victimization.
We are so grateful for our wonderful readers.