I listened to this short podcast yesterday (an interview with Rachael Denhollander) and I feel it's a significant topic to bring up. I will try to keep this really brief. Many of us didn't have the privilege of growing up in a biblical or healthy Church. Many of us were given a very broken model for issues of justice, abuse, exploitation, and forgiveness. In this podcast, Denhollander talks about the Word of God being "weaponized" to silence and manipulate victims of abuse. This is something I have experienced in my life. So I want to bring up Romans 12:2 in the context of her interview. The Word of God tells us to not be conformed any longer to the pattern of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. When we interact with men or women who have experienced trauma, it's absolutely critical that we engage from a God-honoring and Biblical framework. It's absolutely essential that we break free from any flawed or wrong beliefs, even if they were modeled by the Church itself. I want to invite you to begin by considering what forgiveness is. What definition would you give for it? How do we do it? (How do we forgive?) The related topics - At what point does a person bring this into a conversation with someone who has been hurt?, and in what way? - can hopefully come in time. Please share as you are able/willing.