Vindicating Forgiveness

Posted: August 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

“He had no need to argue His position now because God would prove Him right later. He would not defend His honor now because God would publicly exalt it later.”

This happened to me exactly one year after I left my first abusive church. Exactly one year later I was publicly vindicated as the pastor was caught in an affair and removed from ministry permanently.

Now, with my second spiritually abusive church behind me, I wait.

Thank you, again, for writing my heart.

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I sat at lunch with a dear friend recently, swapping stories of past hurts and current healing. Sadly, neither of us was surprised by the other’s experiences of betrayed friendships and smeared reputations, spiritualized power plays and politicized cover-ups. And although we both have been delivered from these abusive situations, the doubts and insecurities they raised within us linger on. The questions they raised about our honor remain unanswered; the accusations they implied about our character stand uncontested. In a way, we both feel like we were taken apart by a team of ruthless examiners and then left in pieces, abandoned on the workbench.

Public shame calls for public honor.

What would finally allow all the pieces to be made whole again? What would lay these past wounds to rest and free us to move on?

In a moment of brutal honesty, we admitted that we want vindication. We want…

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