Many voices need to be heard. Many truths need to be told. Past cries for justice are the foundations for the success of future justice.
The scriptures give examples of women who stood against injustice. These examples give today’s women the same hope. God heard the oppressed voices of Dinah and Tamar. God gave the victory to Abigail, Deborah, and Jael as they stood against the abusive injustices. God revealed many more injustices and disgraceful treatment against women in the Old and New Testament. The Lord fights for those who struggle in abusive situations. He desires their voices to be heard.
“Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the Lord your God is giving you.” (Deuteronomy 16:20 ESV)
Deborah, whom God appointed judge over Israel, fought against injustice in the land. The commander Sisera oppressed the people of Israel for 20 years including raping the women. Under God’s leading, Deborah and Jael killed Sisera. Deborah, along with Jael received their God-appointed justice. Sisera’s raids ceased because God used two women to bring about justice in the land. Two women, different backgrounds working for the same cause made a profound difference. (Judges 4:10-11)
As time moves along over the years, the cry for justice resonates louder and louder.
Sex Trafficking hides in plain view by operating during All-Star festivities. It receives underrated press exposure while flourishing behind back page websites. Sex trafficking, previously known as prostitution, places the charge on the female, while most of the time, the perpetrator gets away. (Now the emphasis is placed on bringing the trafficker to court). The previous practice of prostitution reminds me of the injustice Jesus fought against concerning the woman who was caught in the act of adultery. Jesus brought conviction on those accusing her. Were some of these men involved in the adulteress affair with her? One by one they dropped their accusations. God’s justice prevails. Even Jesus did not condemn her but offered her grace to go and not to continue in her sin. Jesus’ voice speaks loudly against injustice. (John 8:1-11)
Current voices reiterate injustices again and again.
A number of women are speaking up against sexual harassment in the workplace. And sexual violence among women athletes continues to be exposed. The voices of the ‘Me Too’ movement are being heard.
This is a MUST read for church leaders and every follower of Christ! Chances are you or someone you know will need help walking through the trauma of sexual violence. If not now, then later. It is rampant in our culture! And we must be ready to support and encourage them as the hands and feet of Jesus!
Mary DeMuth is an excellent author. Her books are easy reads but full of deep Gospel truths!
Educating others on the injustice of sexual violence is critical. This newest book, We Too: How the Church can Respond Redemptively to the Sexual Abuse Crisis by Mary DeMuth encourages the church to foster a healthy response to this trauma.
Let us help one another speak up against this injustice.