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PREDATORS FORGIVEN AND RESTORED
When I first started cartooning and writing about abuse in the church years ago, I often got responses like, “This is rare! Why don’t you focus on the positive things the church is doing?”
People really can’t say that now. Can they?
It’s not rare, but prevalent.
In fact, I claim the church’s culture is perfect for abuse to run rampant. And it is.
Sexual predators in the form of pastors and other leaders not only do it, but, IF their victims are believed (and that’s a very big “IF”), they are forgiven for it, exonerated from it, and restored to their ministries immediately after it.
If they do get removed from their ministry and don’t end up in jail (now THAT’S rare!), we watch them move down the road to just start another one of their own.
Because they can.
And you know what? If they succeed that’s proof that forgiveness and restoration works.
Because the church is more important than its people.