It is bad enough when sins of leaders against women go unchecked in the church, or are not taken seriously enough. What’s even worse, dare I say far worse, is when children are sinned against by church leaders, yes sexually, and the evil is covered up, yes, by church leaders. Common sense is all that’s required here, but we have the strong words of Jesus telling us what he thought about that.
“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.”
The punishment of drowning with a heavy weight attached is extremely gruesome and reflects Jesus’ views concerning those who cause others who believe in him to sin.
We grieve over all of this, particularly over such evil being done to children. Any church leader involved either in the act or cover up should be punished. Ministers who did the evil should face all the criminal consequences. And church leaders who covered up the evil should lose their positions in the church.
Yes, the evil of pastors thinking they can get by with the mistreatment of women should likewise be judged. But this evil is even worse.
I hesitate to write on this, because the church involved is not of my tradition in the faith. But I think we have to speak out at times on issues, or else we become more or less complicit in the sin ourselves by our silence, at least in the eyes of the world. Lord have mercy.