Lighting a light in the darkness: just breathe

Written by Zachary Hagen | Photo by Tierra Hayes
February 2, 2017

Too frequently we fail to talk about important, and sometimes challenging, topics in our church. Our leadership ignores pressing issues. The older generation holds onto the idea of a perfect church where everyone is good and renounces sin. Effectively, a country club for saints.

However, the real purpose of the church is to rehabilitate and heal the lost. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” A hospital for sinners. With that in mind, let us break barriers and speak honestly.

Rape culture has existed in society since at least Sodom and Gomorrah. Remember that the townspeople wanted Lot to give up his visitors to the crowd? This is not even just a female issue. It is a human issue.

Thousands of people are sexually assaulted each year and many cases go unreported. I have friends that have been affected by this horrible injustice because people do not seem to know where boundaries are.

To my readers who have been assaulted or raped, you are never alone. You are loved and cared for. There will always be someone who loves you unconditionally. As it says in 1 Corinthians 16:19, “Do you know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, who you have received from God? You are not your own.”

You belong to the one who will never hurt you, and your worth as a prince or princess was decided at the cross. No crime can take that from you or diminish that; you are more than a statistic.

Victims of sexual assault face difficult issues. This problem is not just a matter of learning when no means no. As Christians, we are called to be part of the world but not of it. I implore you to remember where boundaries lie and reassess what choices you are making. Are your actions, private or public, contributing to a culture that hurts your loved ones?