Masking the Truth

But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6

Yesterday I had an insightful telephone conversation with a good friend who lives in another state.  red-mask

This friend is a behavioral mental health professional and she has been employed in this field for years.

I have to say that my friend is committed and quite compassionate about the work she does for seeing her clients get the appropriate treatment they need without being sidelined and put out to pasture.

One situation which she brooch on was concerning a first-grader who was found to have been sexually abused by a neighbor. His sexual abuse led this child to sexually assault his teacher. The situation was brought before a school crisis counselor who then reported it to an outside agency.

But here is the core of this matter. The counselor didn’t make the call to the parent or agency for a few days. This counselor had dropped the ball and it all had to deal with laziness and not wanting to complete the paperwork.

This first-grader wasn’t the only one being sexually abused but also his sibling.

After listening to my friend pour out her disappointment at how the system constantly fails the most vulnerable among us, I would just say overall, our society is at fault.

And one of the biggest tragedies that I have witness over the years is that child abuse too often involves those who profess Christ.

When abuse of anyone, especially against a child is evident, Christians have an obligation to stand up for them. And I don’t mean just saying the Christian feel-good responses as, “I’ll pray about it” or “I’m praying for them.”

Prayer also requires action.

Masking the truth is not how God rolls! He asks us to be the light in darkness.

My friend who shared this story about the first-grader is a Christian but get this. She was removed from this case for standing up to her superiors and school counselor (some who claim to know Jesus). They wanted her to “white wash” her report.

Why?

It’s quite simple. If the truth came out about the mishandling of this case, a number of people would be terminated and the “government” contract might be jeopardized.

Is it fair?

No.

But the truth of the matter is that masking the truth is something some of us Christians fall into as well, especially,when we know about situations that will cause a negative effect on a child’s life.

Instead of lifting the veil of secrecy so that child can be set free from their abuser.

Usually, the abuser of the child is protected. How sick is that?

When you look back on the abuse within the Catholic church or the Duggar family…all those involved were masking the truth and under the guise of professing Jesus.

Masking the truth is much more dangerous than one might think.

If anyone is found to be in a similar situation as my friend found herself in.

Ask yourself this question.

What does the Lord require of you?

To be silent or to protect the one who is abused?

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2015 The Year of Our Lord

Dear Mr. Jesus

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