We have seen this many times when we tried to talk with church leaders about the issue of abuse.
When he saw he wasn’t getting anywhere, andfeared an uproar in the crowd, Pilate called for a basin of water, and washed his hands declaring, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. He is your responsibility.”
Likewise we have, most of us, stood a long while at Pilate’s basin, washing our dainty hands of things we know need to be dealt with. But the uproar is intimidating, and it’s so much easier to say, “This blood isn’t on my hands; it’s someone else’s responsibility.”
Human nature wants to run from the hard stuff. I know. Because I live with my human nature every day. There were times in myfive years of ministry in the arena of sexual abuse and violence, that I have gone ‘job hunting’, looking for some other direction to walk in… other things I could do training or motivation speaking about. And I found them. But always…
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