"Abused by God's People" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
I like this cartoon
because it depicts Jesus as a victim of his own people, and therefore an experienced advocate.
One of the most insidious realities of abuse is that it is often inflicted by those we trust.
The very ones we surrendered ourselves to are the very ones who harmed us.
Another insidious reality of abuse is that the perpetrators feel entitled to do so, sometimes even divinely.
Then, if they're caught, they most often blame the victim.
Wicked, isn't it!?
I'm not speaking theoretically. I'm a survivor of spiritual abuse.
So, I have huge admiration for survivors of abuse. Yes, including for myself! The courage, boldness, and voices of the survivors I know inspire me to continue to advocate for them and seek justice on their behalf.