Abuse is the strong preying on the weak, be it domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, or abuse in the workplace. There is no place for abuse in the Church. The Church gets abuse wrong when it does not use its power to protect the abused, when it allows abuse to stay in darkness, or worse, tries to cover it up.
Jesus shows that there is no place for abuse, or cover-ups, in the church, he is strong, but suffers abuse for the sake of the weak.
HEAD // GOD’S STORY
The Bible is the story of God defeating evil, and our desire to cover it up. It is the story of God bringing light into the darkness. God does this through Jesus – the one who holds all things together experiencing the ultimate evil, the ultimate abuse, as he lays down his life to defeat evil for eternity.
HEART // PEOPLE’S STORIES
Read Isabella’s story about her experience of domestic violence in a Christian home, published in the Sydney Morning Herald in March 2015.
Read Maureen Garcia’s story about being an abuse survivor in church.