As we write about abuse, as we speak about it and give counsel to abuse victims, the subject and question of ANGER frequently comes up. It arises in various ways:
1. Victims who are Christians are conflicted because they are angry, yet they think that it is a sin to be angry.
2. We feel anger when we hear victims tell us how they are being treated with terrible injustice by their churches.
3. Critics cry “foul!” when we expose and critique some beloved notable Christian leader, pastor, author, theologian’s erroneous and damaging teachings that add immense suffering to abuse victims and enable abusers. “How unkind, how unloving to be so critical of a brother in Christ! You should be ashamed!” So they are angry with us because we are angry. (Increasingly, I am convinced that these critics are motivated by a blind loyalty to their icons and would be…
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