Sexual assault/harassment is a shameful thing. Let me repeat that. Sexual assault and harassment is a shameful thing.
Not for the man, woman, or child mind you, but for the assailant. For the one who decided they had the right to take choice from a fully aware adult, to take innocence from a child it is a shameful thing. Why else would they so easily attempt to put the blame on their very victim if not for the deep knowledge that this is their, the assailant’s, decision? Why place the blame for unwanted sexual comments on a person’s clothing?
Over the last week, my social media has been completely overtaken with MeToo. The most frequent one that came up was this:
It’s a wonderful sentiment, but let me go ahead and say #MeToo is NOT just women. It is women, and men, and boys, and girls. It’s straight, it’s gay, it’s trans. #MeToo transcends politics, religions, ages, and ethnicities. #MeToo because together if we can all acknowledge there is a problem, maybe we can come together to help one another in strength, in weakness, and in love.
Recently, I ran into a situation that I can say threw me for a loop. The community we live in has had an ongoing water issue, and to keep everyone updated there has been a community page created specifically for this issue. The other day we all get a notification that there’s been a new post. My heart drops slightly. I’m thinking Oh Great. What’s going on now?
So, I click on the notification and the post I see says “***** Church supports addicts!” This woman who made the post is extremely upset by the fact that a local church has brought money or food to her neighbor. I didn’t ask specifics because frankly, I was more upset by her thought process.
The church supports addicts.
Why did this upset her so much? Several of us were asking her to take this post down and after several long minutes of explaining why this was inappropriate, the post was finally taken down. By the moderator.
The church supports addicts.
What does this statement even mean that would so greatly upset her? Had she reached out to the church and been denied? Had she asked for help? She didn’t say and again, I didn’t ask.
I didn’t ask for a very specific reason. I didn’t ask because I don’t see anything wrong with supporting addicts. Now, let me explain what I mean. When I think about support I think about bills being paid and food on the table. I think about an offered trip to the grocery store. I think about sitting down with the person and inviting them to church. I think about praying for them. I think about praying with them. I think about offering them a ride to church.
According to google support as a verb means to bear all or part of the weight, to hold up. To give assistance, to enable to function or act.
The church supports addicts. And drunks. And adulterers. And profaners.
THE CHURCH SUPPORTS SINNERS!!! Why? Because we all fall short.