Why is it that domestic violence is not talked about in church?
We turn our heads and look the other way when the Bible gives Christians clear instructions about what we are to do in helping victims.
Here are a few scriptures:
- Gal. 6:2 – Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
- Heb. 13:3- Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
- Isaiah 1:17 – Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.
- Proverbs 31:9 – Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
- Jeremiah 22:3 – This is what the Lord says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.
- Isaiah 35:3,4 – Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts,“Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”
It is clear what these scriptures are asking of us.
1. Carry each others burden
2. Remember those who are mistreated as if you were in their shoes
3. Defend the oppress (victims)
4. Speak up for the needy
5. Rescue the victims from the hand if the oppressor and last but not least
6. Encourage the victims and let them know God will fight their battle.
Therefore, now that you know better, please my brothers and my sisters, let us do better and remember that October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
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