|What About Touching God's Anointed?|
How to you justify speaking out about your father's abuse in light of the Scripture that says, "Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm." (Psalms 105:15)
This has come up so many times with religious people that I feel it is necessary to address it it in an open forum. Had my father's occupation been anything other than a preacher, I suspect this would not even be an issue. My father is a preacher and is still alive and in ministry and thus, this brings up the criticism from some that I have no right to ever reveal that my father abused me.
I have been around long enough to know that there are many ministers who have been anointed and called by God to be in ministry and there are those who simply have called themselves. There are many references in Scripture about children and Jesus' own words that "whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea" (Matthew 18:6). Jesus repeated spoke out against the religious leaders of His day for their sin. I do not think for one moment that Jesus would ever put the reputation of any person (preacher or not) over the safety and protection of a child.
I will never, ever cover my father's dirty secret as long as he is alive and the potential exists that there are other victims out there. I do not do this out of hatred or an unforgiving heart but out of love and mercy that no other child should ever have to go through what I have gone through. For those who may have already been abused, then it is my passion to help them find the same freedom that I have found.
Remember, I have not destroyed my father's reputation, he did that to himself a long time ago.