Judges 19: 19-26
And the man, the master of the house, went out to them and said to them, “No, my brothers, do not act so wickedly; since this man has come into my house, do not do this vile thing. 24 Behold, here are my virgin daughter and his concubine. Let me bring them out now. Violate them and do with them what seems good to you, but against this man do not do this outrageous thing.” 25 But the men would not listen to him. So the man seized his concubine and made her go out to them. And they knew her and abused her all night until the morning. And as the dawn began to break, they let her go. 26 And as morning appeared, the woman came and fell down at the door of the man’s house where her master was, until it was light.
Did you know that the bible talks about incest, rape molestation and more. People are the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. These particular biblical verses above talk about rape and mutilation. Yet people now a days, hear that someone got raped, killed, mutilated or abused get shocked. This has been happening since the time of Adam and Eve. Remember Abel and Cain. where Cain slays his brother over jealousy. Twenty-one centuries later, the churches are still facing these issues. Most churches outreach to the sinner and disciple the drug addict or the alcoholic. Did you know that most prostitutes, homosexuals and perpetrators have been molested and abused? But what happens to the prostitute, the homosexuals, the perpetrators and those who have been violated. Who disciples these people, Do the leaders of the church? How about the pastors or their wives? No one disciples these people, because the church does not even feel comfortable speaking about these issues much less discipling them. How will they heal? Who will disciple them, when we don’t even feel comfortable talking about this? No wonder, we still have the same problems we had centuries ago. For one it’s a cycle, it keeps happening from one generation to the next. As christians we need to be open to these issues, learn how to love and disciple these people. Fellowship, so that you can learn what hinders their spirit towards submitting to God. We need to be sensitive to all the newcomers in our church, so that we can bring faith, hope and peace into their lives.