Culture

#trending: #metoo

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18

This week as we continue in our #trending series, Chris and Becky Dolson tackle the topic of the #metoo movement. We know this message can be very difficult to hear for all kinds of reasons. We want to be a place and a people where those who are hurting feel safe and can find help.

If you are a survivor of sexual abuse, we want you to know that you are loved and that there are community resources available to you:

You can contact the Rape Crisis Center of Dane County at 608/251-7273.

We also have a Care Ministries Team here at Blackhawk Church you can connect with. Visit our website or call 608/828-4200.

Further Engagement:

For those who are survivors of assault or abuse, Healing the Wounded Heart by Dan Allender might be of help to provide greater understanding, encouragement and hope.

 

For those who may not have experienced abuse or assault, but are looking for resources to both better understand the reality of its impact and guidance in coming alongside those in your life who have, here are a couple that might be helpful:

Ten things Sexual Assault Victims Want You to Know// Christianity Today

Walking with Domestic Abuse Sufferers by Helen Thorne

 

As Chris and Becky mention in their message, at the root of the #metoo movement is the misuse of power. In his book, Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power, Andy Crouch addresses the subject of power, unpacking its subtle activity in our lives and the ways God intends for us to redeem rather than abuse it in our relationships:

 Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power by Andy Crouch

The clear call in Scripture is for perpetrators to confess and repent. It is also for all of us to speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves.

“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed…” – Isaiah 1:17

God’s heart breaks for the vulnerable and survivors of sexual abuse. May ours do so as well. May we as individuals and as Blackhawk Church continue to move toward healing in our community and truly being a safe place for all.

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About the Author: Craig Gartland
Craig is Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Blackhawk and oversees Adult Ministries. He completed his Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and spent over two decades of his career in campus ministry. He is married to Sharon and they have four children. His passions include cycling, listening to jazz music, photography, and the writings of C.S. Lewis.