It is hit or miss when it comes to finding justice and healing in the church or Christian organization. We need professional help!
Timothy Keller writes insightfully, "To be your own god and live for your own glory and power leads to the most bestial and cruel kind of behavior. Pride makes you a predator, not a person."
We are all dependent. We long for respect and love and relationship. But leaders need to depend on God, not our subordinates.
People were created to love God and neighbor. They were created to care for and keep the world [Genesis 2:15]. To create flourishing. They were not created to sow power and reap abuse.
In these uncertain times, God is with us. With the release of preliminary reports regarding sexual abuse by international apologist, Ravi Zacharias, it is hard to recognize God's peace.
A fundamental character trait of good leaders is humility. However, the church continues to create more James MacDonalds, James Bakkers, Mark Driscolls, Bill Hybels, Jerry Falwell Jrs....etc.
Marsha sought help from church leaders for 22 years. They didn't think that was long enough to live with an abusive husband. The church's theology of divorce is hurtful and unbiblical.
I learned from it that my relationship with Christ needs to be what gives me the confidence and satisfaction rather than my relationships with the pastor, or church
Margo served her Senior Pastor well. Too bad he was a wolf in sheep's clothing.
Offering grace does not necessarily mean overlooking toxicity. Accountability is a pearl to be offered.