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This article is Part 4 in a series about how churches should respond to domestic violence.

Christian Coalition for Safe Families

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In previous posts we’ve discussed what domestic violence is and isn’t, how churches should respond to domestic violence, and how to interact with domestic violence victims. Some houses of worship may believe that these are the only two parties that need to be involved when abuse comes to light. Well-meaning pastors may attempt to counsel both the victim and the alleged abuser, often together, in a setting where the victim cannot safely share the facts of the situation. This may serve to empower and embolden the abuser. It may endanger the victim further. Churches should not try to handle domestic violence on their own; they need to know who to call for help.

Church leaders may feel that they have an absolute duty to try and make peace in an abusive situation. They may call in trusted church members to pray for the couple…

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Escher 1

Indoctrinated.

Zealot.

Bigot.

Feminist.

Liberal.

Social engineer.

Man hater.

Extremist.

These are just some of the names I’ve been called over the years, including by fellow law enforcement employees, for standing up to domestic violence. I’m a Christian conservative woman who, yes, is passionate about being a good steward of the environment and is outspoken about certain social issues. But I don’t identify with any of those terms.

My friends and family fall at various points along the political spectrum; these are my beliefs, born largely of adversity and strengthened through my struggles. I believe very strongly that God intends for us to practice the kind of behavior we expect from others and to stand up for those who are being treated poorly or hurt. I’m not at all ashamed of that. It’s a mandate from the Creator that I take very seriously. (more…)

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Tombstone

After a major life change earlier this year, I had to adjust my schedule and priorities. It was not fair and it involved a traumatic loss, but I trust that God allowed it to happen for a reason. I know He is working right now even though I don’t know what He’s doing yet.

As someone who works and goes to grad school, my schedule is packed. But last year someone suggested that I start a blog. I thought, “whoa, when do I have time?” Between work, school, my people, and life, that didn’t sound possible.

But I come from a family that thinks, reads, and writes about 10 miles an hour faster than average. While that does not make us better or smarter than other people, I found that when I finally started writing, the words flowed like rain, thanks, in part, to what seems like a genetic extra gear. (more…)

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