On the day when people all over the world are commemorating the personal sacrifice for humanity and cruel death of Jesus of Nazareth, the man who loved people and especially children, we might ask where are His followers today on the issue of Hollie Greig and the pandemic of child-abuse going on in our society?
Jesus said unequivocally “…if anyone causes any one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” [Matthew 18:6].
There is little doubt that what Jesus was referring to here as ‘sin’ was paedophilia which was already rampant 2000 years ago. Not only is it a ‘sin’ by any normal or natural standards but it is notoriously self-replicating, in that abused children often, although by no means always, go on to become themselves abusers as adults.
In Jesus’ view, the premature sexualisation of children and the desecration of their innocence was a canker threatening the whole of a society of God’s people, which is why he reserved for paedophiles one of the sternest indictments of his ministry.
Shouldn’t the Church therefore and individual churches be getting behind Hollie’s campaign for justice and standing up with us against Paedophilia UK PLC?
It seems that Easter weekend could be a very appropriate moment to take a rain-check on this arm of the campaign. So, if you are a regular attendee of a particular church, could you tell us, have you already informed the vicar and/or congregation about Hollie and are they supportive?
It would be good to be able to begin to draw up a list of the churches which have come out in support of Hollie and against Paedophilia UK PLC. And if anyone has enlisted a Bishop to Hollie’s cause that would be marvellous too – if not, how about writing to yours?