A man stands before a congregation, confesses sexual sin in his past, and receives a standing ovation. Last Sunday, Andy Savage confessed sexual misconduct from years past and received tremendous support for his actions. Yet there was little, if any, attempt to discuss repentance, making amends to victims, or providing support to his known victim. This is common, it is a represenation of the way that many faith communities treat sex offenders (even those who hold some of the highest leadership positions) and their victims. We rally around the perpetrator and ignore the survivor. We believe that offering forgiveness is our calling, yet we speak little of what the Bible calls “repentance.” It is common because I witness this often. At a pedophile’s funeral he is compared to Jesus….read more