Tag Archives: Rape

Dealing with Sexual Abuse as the Church

[The following, which may be disturbing to some readers, is mostly from a sermon preached recently at Immanuel RPC in West Lafayette. You can listen to the whole thing here.]

For reasons beyond my understanding, there is a sea change happening in our nation regarding sexual abuse. It has become difficult to go a day or two without hearing new accusations and recriminations. In areas where sexual harassment and abuse has long been winked at – Hollywood and the media – it’s now being taken much more seriously. For this we ought to thank God. In other areas – politics and the church – we could still use some more work. Thankfully, God’s Word is not silent on the subject of abuse. So while we hear accusations and see the results of wickedness, we can turn to the Bible to help us understand how God intends for the church to understand and deal with abuse. 

A Father’s Thoughts on the Purdue Situation

Having a daughter attending Purdue University, I was concerned to read the news headlines and Facebook feeds about a controversial incident that took place this past week. To the best of my understanding, here is what occurred.

With Black History Month as its backdrop, earlier this month Purdue Students for Life put up pro-life posters around campus warning about the higher rate of abortion that occurs among African Americans than other races. The posters wove together a collation of themes, from Planned Parenthood’s founder’s genocidal motives to the Black Lives Matter movement to the Ferguson shooting.

A non-faculty staff person in the Visual and Performing Arts Department, Jamie Newman, took issue with the posters. On the Purdue Students for Life Facebook page, he minced no words when he called them, “vile, racist idiots who richly deserve all the opprobrium that will be heaped on them as a result of this unbelievably thoughtless, stupid escapade.”

Later that week, when the national pro-life site Life Action News picked up this story and called for action by Purdue, Newman began an argument with another person on a comment thread.  The context shows that in trying to make the point that pro-lifers would think differently about abortion if one […]

Answering That Abortion Question

Once again a pro-life candidate has found himself in a media firestorm for his answer to a question about abortion.  Though it may be too late for this election go-around, how about a little pastoral help from Jesus on how to answer it?

Richard Mourdock, running for U.S. Senate here in Indiana, was asked about abortion at a debate last week.  Though the specific case of conception taking place from a rape was not part of the question, Mourdock, perhaps anticipating that and wanting to clarify his position, answered in part, “Life is a gift from God…and even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”  That last phrase was understood by some and certainly twisted by others to portray Mourdock as indicating he believed rape met with divine approval. Though I, as others, do not believe that was the intent of his remark, this one sentence could do irreparable damage to his campaign.  Mourdock himself recognized the remark was unfortunately stated, saying about it as he tries to move on that “you cannot put toothpaste back in the tube.”

So how should pro-lifers answer the question, “Do you believe abortion should be allowed in […]