Christians, why are some of us still making excuses for men who devalue women and act as if they have done nothing wrong?
Why do we defend such low standards and abusive behavior without accountability?
Why are we more interested in protecting a man of “stature” than striving for justice?
Why do we remain silent when our voice is needed the most?
Ladies, why are we not protecting and defending each other?
Why is it easier to discredit a woman to defend a man?
Why can’t we embrace each other and realize it could have been us, or our mom, our daughter, or sister?
I am tired of the excuses that, “He was young and had no idea what he was doing”; “He was drunk and had no control”; “Boys will be boys”; “It’s not a big deal since she waited so long to speak up”; “Did you see how she was dressed?”; “She’s lying”
Justifying and normalizing bad, despicable, and criminal behavior, reveals our hypocrisy and double standards. We appear to be more concerned in trying to protect someone’s image to look righteous then to fight for what is right.
Jesus never once was afraid to defend women and speak up against those that mistreated them yet we find it very hard to do the same.
We preach that Jesus would leave the 99 to save and protect the 1 yet we ignore and reject the 1 to remain safe and sheltered with the 99.
We serve a God that takes the time to hear us in our deepest needs, yet we don’t have time to hear those who are hurting and crying for help because it will derail us from what we’re doing.
We prefer to remain silent to avoid confrontation unless of course we are telling people to repent and change their ways.
We are loud and passionate about our religious traditions yet quiet and apathetic towards people that truly need to see, hear, and feel the love of Jesus.
Christians, we need to speak up and defend women who have been abused, and sexually assaulted.
We need to believe them and defend them in public
We can not let them suffer in the shadows, and in silence
We need to teach our boys that women are human beings with equal value.
We need to teach our girls that they are not weaker, inferior, or insignificant.
We need to act and behave like Jesus and not just profess that we do.
It takes a lot of courage to speak up in a world where women are still devalued, ignored, and mistreated.
It takes a lot of courage to admit someone sexually attacked you knowing there will be many that will not believe you and talk bad about you.
It takes a lot of courage to share with the world something terrifying that you will never forget, something you wish never happened to you.
If Jesus defended the woman caught in adultery why can’t we defend women that need defending?
If Jesus stopped what he was doing to acknowledge and heal the woman that touched His garment, why can’t we stop and acknowledge women that are hurting and need the love of Jesus?
How will you respond?
“Enough! You’ve corrupted justice long enough, you’ve let the wicked get away with murder.You’re here to defend the defenseless, to make sure that underdogs get a fair break; Your job is to stand up for the powerless, and prosecute all those who exploit them.” – Psalm 82:2-4
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