Friday, November 17, 2017

al franken, donald trump, roy moore, and modern christianity in politics

Generally speaking, I do not get into the trenches when it comes to politics. I will share my opinion if you ask and I frequently contact my representatives, but I believe it is futile to argue over talking points because it never gets anywhere.

I cannot stay silent any longer.

I am a Christian. I believe Jesus died on the cross to atone for my sins (and yours, and the worst of us). I believe the only way to meet Jesus in Heaven is to know this truth.

I am also a sexual abuse survivor. I was sexually abused by a relative when I was a child.

This has created a weird set of circumstances for me. I wish I could say I was alone in this, but the statistics are devastating. This means that every week as you sit in your pew, you are likely surrounded by sexual assault survivors. Now imagine being the survivor of a sexual assault and hearing your pastor--the person you most commonly look to for spiritual guidance--say you need to ask for forgiveness for your part in your sexual assault. Because you obviously did something that brought this upon yourself.

You're probably thinking that sort of thing doesn't happen because this is 2017. Except just a few years ago at a church in Chicago--which is a "liberal" / more accepting (others would likely translate 'accepting' to 'sinful') city--I sat in a pew and heard this very statement.

Let's take it a step further. Not only does one of your most trusted leaders tell you that you are partially at fault for your sexual assault, but they tell you your abuser is an "upright man" and should be forgiven.

I can't believe this is the year 2017 and this still needs to be said: there is nothing. NOTHING. "upright" about touching or trying to touch or alluding you can touch someone sexually who does not want it.

I don't care if you are Al Franken. I don't care if you are Donald Trump or Roy Moore. Republican. Democrat. Independent.

You are not fit to lead.

You are not right to support someone who has most likely committed these acts. You are particularly amiss if you claim to believe in and follow a higher moral power and support someone who has done these things.

And if your thought is immediately "an accusation is not a fact. An accusation holds no merit." then you are part of the problem. Every time you question someone who takes the (insanely brave, equally terrifying and likely damaging to the victim) step to publicly identify someone who has sexually assaulted them, someone close to you--it could be your mom, sister, best friend, child--quietly notes that he or she cannot trust you with their own experiences.

If you claim to love Jesus--if you claim to live a life not of this earth--then you simply cannot support a politician or leader who has sexually assaulted someone just because "we all sin" and they happen to support the main political issues you support. It doesn't work like that. That's called hypocrisy. And as Christians, we need to stop.

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