As the abuse crisis roils American evangelicalism, leaders are finally paying attention, if only because the accretion of cases is now impossible to ignore. Christians should not complain about the sexualization of culture while simultaneously ignoring the sexualization of women inside the church, argues Christianity Today, not to mention children.
We’re looking at “the largest crisis of institutional religion in the United States,” according to Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, and that crisis has been caused in part by Christians losing sight of the fundamentals.
“If the SBC hated abusers as much as they do gay people … we literally wouldn’t be having this conversation today,” tweeted Matthew Manchester in response to the recent Southern Baptist Convention report revealing widespread abuse and coverup. Others have voiced similar concerns about “a perverse double standard.”
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