Southern Baptists air their dirty laundry for sex abuse

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Southern Baptist leaders are trying to clarify the church’s history of sexual abuse.

Clean, ventilate. Y’all need more bleach and a bigger barrel of Febreze, but thanks for finally getting the right attitude.

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I was impressed by some of the remarks of Southern Baptist Convention president Ed Litton, pastor of Redemption Church in Mobile. Here are some of his responses to questions from AL.com reporter William Thornton:

Some Southern Baptists say they are worried about the wounds the investigation will open. What do you tell them?

I would say that real wounds heal slowly, and they heal from within. It’s a medical fact, and it takes time. And sometimes the skin wants to grow back over the wound, but it needs to see the light of day and the infection needs to be treated or it will continue to be a problem. There is no doubt that there is pain in all of this. But again, people weren’t treated the way Jesus showed us to treat people. And we have to fix that. And I don’t think we have a lot of time left to do that. This is an opportunity that we must take very seriously. And not just go above and beyond, but do it right.

Is there a Bible verse that may have come to mind more than once in the past two days?

‘Be sure that your sin will discover you.’ (Numbers 32:23) Luke 12:1-5 basically says that what is whispered from the back rooms will be shouted from the roof. This gives anyone in the direction pause. Being exposed isn’t the worst thing in the world, especially if you respond with repentance and brokenness. I believe there is enough mercy and grace for this kind of exposure.

Read the whole interview here

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