The following is a comment submitted to me at my other blog, unholycharade.com I am posting it here, and there, as a stand-alone post because of its importance. Many, many thanks to the courageous lady who wrote and shared her story with us. We want to honor her desire that as many people as possible hear what she has to say so that they too can be wise:
Pro 18:5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the righteous of justice.
I listened to a phone message today from a lady I don’t know – I don’t even know her name. She called our church office to thank us for the domestic abuse sermon series we have online at sermonaudio.com/crc If she reads this, many thanks for her encouragement.
One of the things she said was very wise. Having grown up being abused by evil family members, she said that she finally came to see two Scriptures in particular clarity that the Lord used to set her free. One is quoted above, Proverbs 18:5. The other was from Matthew –
Mat 10:21-22 Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, (22) and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
She realized in regard to the Matthew text that a Christian may well find themselves hated intensely even by their own brother, father, and children. It occurred to her that this means the abuse she experienced from family was not her fault.
I want to announce that I have published a new blog. The title is taken from my book Unholy Charade, which many of you have read. It is available at Amazon (see the link on the home page of this blog). Unholy Charade, unlike Light for Dark Times, will accept comments from readers. To ensure that this blog remains a safe environment for all of us, comments submitted will be moderated by administrators, then published if approved.
(You can go to Unholy Charade with the link on the blogroll on LFDT home page)
Why a second blog? Light for Dark Times focuses more broadly on the subject of evil. Specifically, evil as it creeps into our churches disguised as a son of righteousness. This evil takes on many forms, only one of which is that of the domestic abuser who wears his “holy charade.”