I love Shannon Thomas’ capacity for courage to say it exactly as it is. She doesn’t shy away from speaking the truth and when it comes to church people – that is not common.
I believe most churches value their reputation over the wellbeing of abuse survivors. I’ve seen it personally occurring and I’ve read so many situations of abuse from church people and how badly the church hierarchy deal with it.
Even though I have issues in my own faith journey, I still know many abuse survivors are out there now, in their thousands, being spiritually abused by church people. And I am not okay with that.
Honesty and truth needs to be exposed and spoken. And spiritual abuse goes on far too often. And it can cause PTSD.
When anyone values their reputation over dealing with an abuse survivor in an appropriate and compassionate manner……… they are being abusive.
Of course they will justify it, by cherry picking Bible verses. They will rationalise it, minimize the abuse and trivialise the abuse. They will spiritually abuse the victim, by suggesting the victim is not a ‘good enough’ Christian – when this is merely a projection of their own failures and issues. Continue reading