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Introduction: If you’re not on social media, you may be unaware of the swirling conversations regarding sexual abuse and harassment triggered by recent events. Our Associate Student Minister has written this post in response.
As I check all of my social media feeds almost hourly, I see more and more people speaking out about abuse, harassment, and the like.
Actress Alyssa Milano began this campaign after news broke out about Harvey Weinstein’s acts during his tenure as a movie executive in which he has been confronted with sexual abuse and harassment allegations. The idea behind this movement is to show the magnitude of this problem firsthand as people, though mostly ladies, post “Me too”.
As Christians, we should be discontent with the fact that this happens in this world. It is completely saddening. There are so many people posting about this, but I know there’s even more who can’t speak up or don’t want to. Honestly, it can be hard finding hope in a world where this is pretty much a common occurrence. Though there is hopelessness in this world, we can find everlasting hope in Jesus Christ.
Even in this sickening world, I find hope. I find peace. I find redemption, and it is all found in Christ. Nothing on this Earth can satisfy your soul like Christ can. People may harm you, betray you, abuse you, and harass you, but Jesus never will. Jesus is and always will be with you and He will never forsake you when you are in relationship with him. (Deuteronomy 31:6) While people change, Jesus has stayed the same past, present, and future.
For you who have ever been sexually assaulted, abused, or even cat-called, there is hope found in Jesus Christ that surpasses everything. You don’t have to be defined by what happened to you. Don’t let your circumstances define you as a person, rather, let Christ be who you are and who you want to be like.
A verse that keeps coming to my mind is 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” You see, the hope found in the Bible is never focused on physical circumstances or things, but rather is focused on grace, forgiveness, love, and peace, which is all rooted in Christ.
Perhaps you are reading this and you have been the one who is responsible for sexually assaulting, abusing, or harassing; there is hope for you too. You can be forgiven, and you can be made new in Christ. All it takes is having a personal relationship with the One who bore our sin and shame, Jesus. You do not have to be defined by your past actions, you can enter a new life in Jesus as it is stated in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come."
Again, let me reiterate, your circumstances do not need to define you. If a man like Paul, who used to persecute and kill Christians, can be made new in Christ, so can you. There is hope for you. The joy you receive when you enter a relationship with Christ is beyond comparison. So, I pray that during your time here, you will find the hope that Christ promises and no longer let your past circumstances define, but rather, have your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be what defines you.
Associate Student Minister