Oprah…Tyler Perry…Senator Scott Brown…Chris Fabry Live…Josh McDowell…Focus on the Family…what’s going on. There appears to be a rush to the camera to share the horrors of chidhood sexual abuse. Where is this coming from?
The silence of shame is destructive. We may be witnessing the cultural explosion of years of shame. When silenced, shame slowly grows within a soul. The growth goes unnoticed. In secret the soul grows darker and larger and without warning over time, with no place to go it explodes. There are all kinds of consequences to the explosion; suicide, substance abuse, divorce, violence. Or that same explosion can bring relief, peace, joy, and hope. Either outcome requires intervention. On the one hand we have recovery programs, prisons, and morgues. On the other hand, friends, spouses, and the Savior of the world.
We can pray that what we are witnessing is the explosion of the culture. People, significant people with platforms, willingly speaking out about abuse. Individual explosions triggering a cultural explosion. So, what are we going to do about it? The explosion is just the beginning. For individuals and the society there is going to be an overwhelming need for safety zones. Places where survivors can run to, and heal from the open wound in their soul. A movement that will demonstrate to the world that the only hope for healing rests in the wounded hands of the God Man. Are we ready for what’s coming? Let’s pray that millions have the courage to step up and speak out. Then pray for those who have survived to begin picking through the rubble for fellow survivors. The day is at hand. It demands our attention and our courage.