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A Closet Full of Skeletons

This is no celebration of the approaching “day of the dead” (aka Halloween) to be observed at the end of this month in the US, but it is about great evil nonetheless. I speak of hidden sins, of aiding and abetting, of turning a blind eye to evil being done by professing Christians. I wrote about it in more general terms before, but if we never name names, it will go on.

We are all familiar with the exposure in recent years of Roman Catholic priests committing heinous crimes against children, but other “Christian” organizations are most hypocritical in denouncing such things, because they either commit identical crimes or cover for those who do. They only admit guilt when caught, but make excuses instead of repenting in bitter tears. Somehow they have convinced themselves (and the sycophants that defend them) that “grace” is to be extended to these monsters, while they either ignore the victims or dump all the blame on them.

Such despicable behavior is to be expected of the lost, but even unbelievers know a monster when they see one, and they press for justice. Not so the “Christians”! There is no love, no compassion or mercy, for the hapless victim who dares to sully the reputation of their “leaders” by accusing them of horrible crimes against women and children. It’s all well and good to “cast the first stone” toward the heathen, but when it’s their turn, the mantra is “touch not God’s anointed”.

For example, in this article from one victim we see how a high-profile Southern Baptist ethics official rightly denounces the evil being perpetrated in Hollywood, but remains silent about identical abuses going on in his own denomination— abuses of which he is hardly ignorant. Grace abounds for the guilty, but as can be seen in the comments there as well, not the slightest pity is extended to the innocent victims. We expect whistle-blowers to take heat in the political realm, but can’t we expect better from professing believers?

We can and we should; in fact, we must (1 Tim. 5:20-21), or we too will have the blood of the victims on our hands. Not getting involved is a sign of weak character, not holiness! All of us, from the entitled to the unknown, must raise a cry before God and humanity to publicly expose and expel these criminals and their enablers. If the political right can finally get off their sofas and raise public protests, so can Christians get off their pews and “expel the wicked one from among” us (1 Cor. 5:12-13). We need to clean out our own closets before pointing fingers at the world.

Others have said these things before, and more will say them later, but it can’t be broadcast enough. We must not stop screaming about this until these skeletons are gone— every last one of them.

Posted 2009-10-09 under assembly, behavior, Christianity, Organization, Christian Living, hypocrisy, The World