Last Sunday, Pastor Rick Warren and his wife Kay welcomed Beth Moore to chat with his Saddleback megachurch congregation about sexual abuse, its effects on victims, and the healing process that the church must facilitate. Hear their full discussion in the video at the end of the article.
Though Moore was sexually abused as a child, she says she was advised not to speak about it in ministry as it would stunt her career. Moore chose to speak out anyway and witnessed two reactions: backlash from people who didn't understand (including her own mother), and corroboration from another family member who had endured the same abuse.
“The power of #MeToo is we too,” Moore said, gesturing to Kay who was also a victim of sexual abuse as a child.
While the neo-feminist domination of the fight to raise awareness and bring an end to sexual abuse leads many in conservative circles to discount the movement, and its members, altogether, Moore and Warren testified that churches can no longer ignore, mishandle, or mistreat abuse victims. The effects of abuse are simply too deep and painful to leave unhealed.
Moore pleaded for churches and Christian families to confront the sin of abuse, like any other sin, and to become a safer place for abuse victims to come out of hiding. She and Warren addressed victims directly to offer a possible healing process: first to tell their stories, then, alongside counselors and supporters, to identify lies they’ve been lead to believe due to their abuse, and, lastly, to realign their mindsets with God’s truth.
You can catch the full sermon here: