2019 November

03 Nov: Protect, Don’t Judge

How do we distinguish between a criminal and a good person who makes poor choices? When someone hurts others in the church, there are two camps. One says we should not be too quick to shoot our wounded; the Circle the Wagons Group. Another says we should deal with them severely; the Grab the Millstone Group. The topic is super-charged when it comes to abusing children. Even then there is a sliding scale of law. A 19-year-old boy in love and going too far with a 16-year-old girl would be on one end of that scale; a 50-year-old man raping a 2-year-old boy at the other. I get it when the heavy millstone is grabbed for that 50-year-old reprobate. But when we say there is no cure for them, who is them?  Are we throwing that 19-year-old into the same depths as the 50-year-old? The letter of the law can. I…