In the song “Hosanna” by Hillsong United there is a part of the bridge where we sing “Break my heart for what breaks yours.” Those words are so powerful to sing, and I wonder if churches in the U.S. want that to be true.
With the reports from the Houston Chronicle about the Southern Baptist scandal, my heart is hurting. And I can’t imagine what God’s heart feels right now. So many victims, so much injustice happening by merely turning a blind eye so ignorance can be an excuse.
It’s a giant mess and because of this many people will never believe in the religion that should be above these evils. I mean the churches are quick to judge “Hollywood” for their misconducts, but it looks like we needed to get the log out of our eye before we judge others.
As a pastor now for almost twenty years, I have seen my share of pastors I knew to get in trouble for these situations. I had to have phone calls from elders where friends of mine wanted to go back into ministry after being fired from sexual misconduct.
I had seen parishioners support their pastor even after inappropriate conversations because he stood up in front of the congregation and repented for his sin. And then when he got fired, the church got heat because he repented.
This shouldn’t be a gray issue, but it looks like from the report churches either do a terrible job with their hiring practices or sadly doesn’t care.
I know the more that will come out, isn’t going to be good and I hope this story stays in the headlines for a while as a wake-up call to the churches in this blessed country because we should be and need to better.
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