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We Want To Have Love and Justice When Dealing With Such Wickedness
“For you are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness;
evil may not dwell with you.”—PS. 5:4.
GOD abhors all forms of wickedness.
Psalm 5:4-6 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
4 For you are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness;
evil cannot dwell with you.
5 The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;
you hate all evildoers.
6 You destroy those who speak lies;
Jehovah abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
We can only imagine the degree to which God hates child sexual abuse, which is an exceptionally offensive, repulsive wicked action! In imitation of God, all humans should abhor child abuse and we should never tolerate it.—Romans 12:9; Hebrews. 12:15-16.
Any kind of child abuse, be it emotional, mental, or physical is against “the law of the Christ.” (Gal. 6:2) The law of the Christ, which is all that Jesus Christ taught in his 3.5-year ministry both by what he said and did is based on love and justice. If we are obeying this law, we as Christians treat all children in such a way, so that they feel safe and are safe, and they are truly and sincerely loved.
Child abuse is a case of a power trip that is based on selfishness that is unjust, making a child unsafe, fearful, and unloved. Child sexual has become a worldwide problem in the extreme, and true Christians are not exempt from this plague. Why? The Catholic Church, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the UK Christian Churches, and more recently the Baptist church (2 Tim. 3:13) Egregiously, the ones in a position of authority, the pastors, priests, ministers, have given into sexually perverted fleshly desires and have assaulted children. But let us not think that this is within religious institutions alone, for many schoolteachers, camp workers, and all other fields have fallen victim to child sexual predators.
Child abuse of any kind is a serious sin, which has far-reaching and long-lasting consequences. It affects the child at the moment, and in many cases for decades to come as well as his or her family members.
Protecting Your Children
The person with the main responsibility in protecting children from harm are foremost the parents and secondarily and adult that has taken over that responsibility, be it a teacher, a church leader, a camp counselor, a babysitter, among others. Our children are entrusted to our care and are helpless. It is our obligation to protect that trust. How can anyone entrusted with the safety of a child protect these innocent ones from being abused?
First, teach yourself about the abuse of all sorts. We need to take in knowledge of the types of persons who would abuse children, as well as the strategy they use to hook (lure in) these young ones. We need to be observant of possible dangers. (Prov. 22:3; 24:3) Remember, by far, in most cases, the child abuser is someone the child already knows and they trust this person.
Second, have regular, loving conversations with your children. (Deut. 6:6-7) This would include genuinely listening to them. (James. 1:19) Keep in mind that there are many factors as to why a child might not report abuse: maybe they were threatened, or their loved ones have been threatened, or they are ashamed and embarrassed, or they have some misguided desire not to get the person into trouble (someone they love), or worse still maybe they feel that they won’t be believed. A parent or an adult with a close relationship to the child should be able to notice that something isn’t quite right with the child. If you have maintained good communication, then lovingly draw out what is wrong with some mild questions and then be a good listener to what they have to say. Moreover, never overreact angrily or with frustration when you hear what they say, for they shut down thinking you are angry or frustrated with them.
Third, teach your children about predators and grooming. First, you need to educate them about sex and their body according to their age. Show them what is inappropriate touching and what they should do in those circumstances. Their reaction is important because they may very well be alone and isolated, or they may be within earshot of other adults.
Being Fully Open
Child sexual abuse happens when an adult seeks to satisfy his or her own warped sexual desires on a child. This can include sexual intercourse if they are older; oral or anal sex; if younger, this could include fondling of the genitals, touching or rubbing up against breasts, or buttocks; or other perverted acts. While we are led to believe that most victims are girls and likely this is true, many boys are victims of abuse as well. Again, it is true that most abusers are men, but many women have also been found to abuse children and do not let your guard down just because the person caring for your child is a woman. A child should never be made to confront the person who abused them, which will only cause them more mental and emotional damage, and there is a likelihood, they may never report another person in the future.
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The subject of RENEW YOUR MIND, childhood abuse and trauma, was exceedingly difficult for me to talk about for decades and is still a struggle today. Even today, I feel a bit embarrassed to talk about the things that I survived. But it needs to be done for the sake of help others to survive and overcome childhood abuse and trauma.
The scope of RENEW YOUR MIND will go into many of the traumatic events but will not go into detail because that is not necessary. The reader does need to appreciate the level of suffering so they can appreciate how much the human can survive.
The aim of RENEW YOUR MIND is to help the reader to experience the depths of my pain that will make you cringe one moment and then cry the next. The aim of this book is to help any reader to know that they too can survive and overcome the abuses and trauma be it in their childhood or as an adult, even if they are currently within it.
RENEW YOUR MIND will be the most biblical, most transformative Christian living book outside of the Bible itself. Regardless of your life struggles, you will discover both spiritual and personal growth.
RENEW YOUR MIND closes the book with chapter 6’s how serious the sin of child abuse is and its far-reaching consequences, chapter 7’s the truth about sexual assault, and chapter 8’s sexual abuse need not be a lifetime of pain.
EDWARD D. ANDREWS (AS in Criminal Justice, BS in Religion, MA in Biblical Studies, and MDiv in Theology) is CEO and President of Christian Publishing House. He has authored over 140 books. Andrews is the Chief Translator of the Updated American Standard Version (UASV).
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