It is a sad commentary to read about the occurrence of domestic abuse, anytime and anywhere! However, to learn that domestic abuse also occurs in the church, is quite disturbing! After all, the word of God explicitly teaches concerning the relationship between husband and wife! Ephesians 5:21-25 says, “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and He is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so that the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it. Verses 28 and 29, “So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church. Husbands are supposed to love and cherish their wives, even as Christ loved the church. If this was the case, would there be domestic abuse within a marriage? I think not!
Is it necessary to go through a 12 step program in order to overcome this egregious behavior? I would say no. If an individual is truly wanting to please the Lord in all of their ways, God can deliver them from any unholy act, desire, or bondage! It is necessary to remove the mask, and to confess the sin that so easily besets you!
In the article, Towards an Effective Church Response to Domestic Abuse, it explains the attempts to raise awareness of this occurrence, in and out of the church. One of the initiatives is called, “First Man Standing”. This initiative challenges men to openly speak out against domestic abuse, in any public forum they are in, at any given time. To read the article in its entirety, click on the title of the article. Hopefully, someone who reads this article, will be willing to be the “First Man Standing”. Feel free to leave a comment.