In my experience in the field of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, I have interacted with organizations that provide information, resources, and awareness within their specific faith-based sector. From Jewish Women International to the Catholic Network for Family Peace, there are relevant and effective coalitions set on raising awareness and advocating for justice and change within their specified affiliation. Unfortunately, I have yet to see such a movement within the urban church. As believers we are called be a light and we cannot shine in the brokenness of the sinful nature, if we continue to dismiss a prevalent plague in the world and in the church: the use and abuse of power and control for one’s own sinful gain.
Addressing the concerns of domestic violence and sexual assault is, by no means, just an issue of the world. For we know, as believers, that these are manifested conditions of the heart. If we are unable to advocate for change within our homes and our congregations; then, pertaining to this issue, how can we effectively shine and be the Gospel to our communities and the world?
“Behind every behavioral sin is an act of idolatry. And behind every act of idolatry is a disbelief in the Gospel.”
The Good Fight is not an anti-Patriarchal movement. It is a voice calling for change in the lives, churches, and homes of believers. It is an ear of compassion and empathy to those who have and who are experiencing abuse. It is the eyes of watchmen and women who chose to be Up-standers instead of By-standers. The Good Fight advocates for mutual respect and regard of all individuals, and we need people who are willing to make changes for the safety and emotional security of their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”