The Elephant in the room.

It’s always easy to see the elephant when it is in somebody else’s room, but the thought of the elephant being in our room is so unsettling that we pretend that we don’t see it. Everyone knows that it is there but no one talks about it. When the scandal broke about Sanduski’s abuse of boys at Penn State it got everyone’s attention. During the trial people were sickened and horrified as the victims told about their abuse and gave detailed accounts of what happened. Then there is the recent release of the Freeh report that was the compilation of a very extensive investigation into the abuse and how the early reports of abuse were handled. The impact of the report was overwhelming, with talk of Penn State removing symbols and reminders of their ‘beloved’ coach Joe Paterno. The artist that painted a famous picture of Joe Paterno with a halo over his head, has already removed the halo from the picture. The point is that when people heard with their own ears, the testimony of the victims, they were outraged that something that terrible could happen. What happened at Penn State is happening or has happened in churches, families and Christian organizations as well secular ones all over the country. So the question is will all the people who are outraged for the moment, finally see the elephant that is their own church or organization? These stories of abuse are just as sickening and disturbing as the ones at Penn State, but what usually happens is that we all find a very ‘public’ example of abuse and along with our church leaders we express our shock and anger over the evil and we shower the victims with pity but we continue to deny the abuse in our own midst. We have the perfect opportunity to bring this issue out into the light of truth for all to see and maybe enough people with be moved to deal with it. 

About Dale Ingraham @ Speaking Truth In Love Ministries

We started Speaking truth in love Ministries to address the issue of sexual abuse within the faith community. My wife, Faith, is a survivor of many years of abuse by her father who was a pastor at the time. We go into churches, colleges and conferences to speak about this issue.
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