Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over. Mark 14:43-46
My ministry brings me into contact with a good number of people who have felt wounded by the church. God seems to have given me the awesome assignment of being an encourager and exhorter to those people. I co-authored a book with Debbie Taylor Williams aimed specifically at the pain of these same dear friends: “Trusting God’s People…Again”. It is on my mind this week, because I will be speaking from it the next two Sunday evenings at my church.
Being hurt by the church is by no means a unique experience. The statistics of those who feel injured by the church are pretty overwhelming! But the pain itself, the feelings of betrayal by God’s own people…those feelings are definitely unique to these circumstances. Being hurt by the church is just not comparable to any other pain…not really. It is a deep and lasting pain of being wounded by the very place which should be the safest place in the world for us. The healing process, therefore, is likewise pretty profound.
The good news is this: the One administering the healing from this pain knows all about it from personal experience. That makes a big difference! Here is the way I describe it in the book:
THE NATURE OF PAIN / THE PROCESS OF HEALING
Like physical pain, emotional or spiritual pain can be incapacitating. When your leg is broken, no matter how much you want to walk on it, no matter how important walking might be to you, you simply cannot do it. A healing process must take