Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Nate Hanson of the podcast, Almost Heretical.
Nate is the first person to interview me specifically about the Ravi Zacharias sex abuse scandal and ask me why I thought it took so long for the collective church to “get it.” I’ve thought long and hard over the years since I originally published Lori Anne Thompson’s story in November 2017. I’m pretty sure I’m on to something and what it’s going to take for survivors and women to be believed. Have a listen!
Just a note. A listener sent me a really kind email when she heard me say, “I don’t think I’ll ever get over it” referring to spiritual abuse. Unfortunately, when you’re answering questions on the fly, sometimes you don’t realize that you could have done a better job elaborating, so I’ll do that here.
I have done a ton of work processing my spiritual abuse and the trauma it caused me. I remember one time a different pastor read Romans 12 from the pulpit – the same passage that my abusive pastor read over and over again and using it as a spiritual weapon. Part of me wanted to high-tail it out of the church, climbing over pews to escape from the hearing of that particular passage. I was able to talk myself through what was going on and reminded myself that this pastor was not my abuser, and that I was safe.
I’m beyond that place. What I meant by my statement is that I will forever have reminders when I come across songs, scripture, certain theology, ideologies that take me back to those dark days. They no longer paralyze me, but I acknowledge those moments as they have connections with spiritual abuse, and I move forward having full understanding of that former trauma, and now knowing I am in a safe place emotionally and spiritually. I hope that explanation helps clear things up.