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"Then & Now" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Then & Now” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

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5 Responses

  1. Caryn LeMur says:

    Some observations by a former teacher of statistics. I have observed these correlations:

    – The viciousness of the attack seems to increase with the sense of self-holiness within the attacking sheep.

    – The lead killer sheep will incite others based on how much their sense of personal control/power is negatively affected by you.

    – The goal is to cause you pain, make you leave, and return their environment to a dead normal – because dead normal is predictable and controllable.

    – They will continue to pray for external revival even while knowing they just closed the door to their own internal revival… it was easier to chase you away, avoid you, and isolate you than experience the tension of an evolving faith journey.

    – The transference of guilt (from the abusing sheep to you, the victim sheep) will continue long after you have left their killing fields. [For example: The Board will continue to affirm that If you had only ‘repented’ and ‘changed’, it would not have been necessary for her to take those righteous actions against you’….]

    Although correlation does not prove causation, I believe these observations hold true more times than we care to admit.

  2. Adam Julians says:

    Lol, it’s happened to us, and we have been like that too. We all are part victim / part perpetrator. Anyone that says they are only ever a victim is a symptom of denial of any evil doing not unlike what you commented about with self holiness Caryn.

    So she experiences guilt and shame at false accusation while he appears every more holy. (It applies also to his feelings of guilt and shame and her holiness).

    None of us are perfect. Therefore repentance and change is of course an ongoing process as is the need for loving kindness, compassion, grace and forgiveness. We know that justice demands that a perpetrator face the consequences of his crime.

    If we all were to be faced with every evil thought and deed we have had, what one of us could stand?

    Yet with being forgiven we can be free. By being forgiving, we can heal. By being strong and thriving together we can unite in the name of justice and confront hypocritical powers and principalities.

  3. seekingpeacealways says:

    Sadly, it can often be those who are happy to condemn others, who are also the most likely to turn, hurt and abuse others using the exact actions and words that they condemn of others. Shame, rather than Grace, has the most power in these settings. It hurts and even though you logically know you shouldn’t feel ashamed, you do.

  4. Very very insightful and true! Thanks.

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