Harassed and Helpless…

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”

This text contains the best-known use of the word, “harassed” in the Bible. While the context (Jesus regarding his clueless disciples) is quite different from the current use of the word to refer to sexual abuse, the link of the word with “helpless” reminds us of the real underlying problem: those who are abused feel “helpless” in the sense that they feel alone and without power to resist the advances of the abusers.

I’ve never been in such a situation but I can imagine something of the feeling a person has who is being harassed. That Christians condemn such behavior unequivocally should go without saying. So also should we Christians feel the deepest shame when prominent Christians abuse. —J. Douglas Ousley

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One Response to “Harassed and Helpless…”

  1. Melissa Gordon says:

    Yes we should and we MUST stand up and say something.

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