Bring it to Light

Over the years I have heard these verses and many others used in a manner I believe is out of context…..

“See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.”

‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:15‬ ‭

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:21

Overcoming evil with good doesn’t mean to keep dark things like abuse within the church walls in the dark, in this case the “good thing” would be bringing it into the light…..exposing the dark deeds, protecting and guiding the abused toward healing, ensuring their safety. Also addressing the abuser with the hope of repentance which means a change of heart and turning away from abusing.

These verses don’t mean that justice is wrong, or protecting the weak within your flock is bad, or that confronting and holding accountable the abuser is somehow repaying them with evil, on the contrary it is an act of love desiring heart change for them.

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