"The first time my husband hit me, I turned to the Scriptures for guidance. Growing up in the Christian faith and with a love for God, it made the most sense for me. He went for a walk, and as I huddled up in a ball, remembered verses that I had memorized as a girl."
"Reeling from the pain of being hit in the face and called names, yet spiritually resolute to be a wife my husband could trust and count on, I silenced my heartache and carried on as a “good wife” and a “good Christian.”
"Scripture has been misused and/or misinterpreted to suggest that coercion and violence may be acceptable or even God’s will. But God is a God of love, compassion, forgiveness, and justice with no tolerance for violence and oppression...When the church is silent on these issues, it contributes through bad theology to violence. Indirectly or directly, the church conveys that it is okay to be a dictator or tyrant in the home. As a result, many suffer in fear and silence."
-Nancy Murphy, excerpts from "What about Abuse?," Mutual by Design
CBE International maintains our deep commitment to collaborating with pastors, churches, schools, and NGOs around the world to end gender-based violence in churches and institutions. We see how scripture has been misused to perpetuate abuse and violence, and we’re dedicated to rooting out theological confusion, equipping organizations and supporting survivors. We have the honor and the privilege to provide stories and resources from both those that have survived abuse and those that are currently fighting against it.
We are excited for the opportunity to provide resources and support to people like you engaged in the movement to end intimate partner violence. Please check your email for a link to your free chapter from Mutual by Design.
In the meantime, check out this article by Ashley Easter, "5 Steps for Churches When Abuse Happens."