For you have been a refuge to the poor,
a refuge to the needy in their distress,
a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat.
When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm,
the noise of aliens like a heat in a dry place,
you subdued the heat with the shade of clouds;
the song of the ruthless was stilled.
~~Isaiah 25:4-5 NRSV
As I was considering the stats on domestic abuse and wondering why the church doesn’t speak out against it as much as it does other sins, I, for whatever reason, recalled a friend of mine who left the church over the issue of gay marriage. In my discussions with her on this matter I could definitely see how her church failed on this issue. I’ve heard the pastors in her former denomination speak on homosexuality, and it’s not pretty. To hear them talk, you’d think that gays, who make up about 4% of the American population, are going to win the so-called culture war and drag us all into the pit of Hell. Seriously, they are very fearful of homosexuals.
But, homosexuals make up only 4% of the population.
Contrast that with abusive relationships. As far as couples go, the stat is 1 in 4 (male against female abuse) and 1 in 7 (female against male abuse). That’s a high percentage. Much higher than the number of homosexuals in this country.
So where is the outrage? Where are the numerous sermons? Where are the people waving Bibles in the air? Where are the picketers?
I don’t know. I have no answer. I only know that the church has never cared about the abused, and to find one that does, is a rare circumstance. And to find one that openly and regularly speaks out against it in a manner worthy of its high percentage of occurrence, is almost impossible.