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Too many shepherds require their people to submit to abuse.

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BUY A PRINT OF THIS CARTOON AND OTHERS IN MY ONLINE STORE! When I left the church, I was severely warned... some out of anger and some out of genuine concern... that I was walking out from beneath the protective umbrella of the church. I was no longer under the covering. I was rejecting guidance, refusing instruction, and becoming a rebellious, obstinate loose cannon. A lost sheep.. stupid and weak.  What I actually discovered was that I could guide myself and there was nothing I needed protection from. It was all scare-tactics to keep me confined and controlled. I believe...

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BUY A PRINT OF THIS CARTOON IN MY SHOP! PREDATORS FORGIVEN AND RESTORED When I first started cartooning and writing about abuse in the church years ago, I often got responses like, “This is rare! Why don’t you focus on the positive things the church is doing?” People really can’t say that now. Can they? It’s not rare, but prevalent. In fact, I claim the church’s culture is perfect for abuse to run rampant. And it is. Sexual predators in the form of pastors and other leaders not only do it, but, IF their victims are believed (and that’s a...

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BUY THIS CARTOON IN MY SHOP! I've told people things about myself I never should have. I trusted their title, "pastor" or "leader", rather than them as a person. Being vulnerable with your secrets is healthy in a trusting relationship.  Being vulnerable with your secrets publicly when you're ready may be healthy too. But, it's damaging when your secrets become information used against you. Do not feel compelled to share your story just because you're told you should. Only do it when you know you and your story are safe.

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Actually, I think it's circular.  We all have the capacity to be abusive. Some more than others. But I also believe that some environments can bring out the worst in us. I also believe that power can corrupt. And I also believe that certain systems are inherently perfect cultures for abuse to occur.  Such as the church. Why the church? Because on the one hand there are people in power and on the other hand there are those who impart it and often blindly submit to it, all wrapped up in God's will.

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