My dog Molly.
She weighs 14 pounds. Has the dimensions of a basketball when she curls up on the couch.
I’m bigger than Molly. Stronger than Molly. Hopefully, smarter than Molly.
But, she’s not afraid of me.
How do I know? When I sit on the couch, she curls up next to me and falls asleep.
Molly trusts me.
- to protect her.
- not to hurt her.
That trust has never been violated. Not by me. Not by the other members of our family. Not even by strangers.
In Psalms 83:3-4, the writer Asaph laid out some definite guidelines for the powerful to follow.
Defend the weak and the fatherless;
uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
Unfortunately, in our fallen world, the exact opposite happens.
- what Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky did to children who put their trust in him.
- what atrocities the Canadian and U.S. government and church inflicted on an entire generation of aboriginal children in their care.
- What happens every day in homes, offices and schools when people use positions of power to gratify themselves.
The people who survived the mental, physical and sexual abuse still bear the scars. The parties responsible still need to be held accountable if the atrocities are to be stopped.
Because abuse begins and ends with the person who power over another human being.
- A mom over a child.
- A mentor over a student.
- A spiritual advisor over a wounded soul.
- A government over it’s citizens.
We all have the power – the choice is whether to hurt or to heal.