…except for when it’s not.
The whole equality of sin concept is one of the reasons Christianity untenable for me. Saying that a white lie to my wife about her latest hairstyle is on par with raping a child make the concept laughable. On earth, in the Untied States, raping a child gets you prison time. A white lie keeps your marriage sane.
All sins are equal in God’s eyes. Pray for healing.
The man she is defending… he has admitted to molesting children and was just charged with an additional five counts of child molestation. Morgan Hepburn, I’m sure glad we don’t’ know each other, and I don’t want to be your friend. You are an enabler.
Let’s look at the failure modes in this case.
We know that Roseboom was allowed to have sleepovers with young boys. Even if these events were not sanctioned by he church, the sleepovers should have been against the church’s code of conduct. Failure one – tacit approval from Rock Point Church and the parents of the alleged victims.
Allowing an adult male private time with a young boy is unwise. Failure two – allowing unsupervised visitation with young boys. The parents own this one, but the church should have also made it a matter of policy. As in… use the rule of two. Two adults are required for all activities with minors.
Instead of taking the allegations directly to the police, the church contacted all affected parents and then held a meeting with the parents of the child who came forward with the abuse allegation. Then the church notified the police while encouraging Roseboom to turn himself in. Failure three – The allegations should have be brought directly to the police without the church interfering or trying to manage the situation.
I can’t comment on what type of preventative and predictive programs are in place at Rock Point. The press did not cover this area. I would be interesting to know if there is a professional conduct policy for people working with children. It would also be good to know if staff and volunteers are given training to help recognize abuse. The last item, and it is actually the first questions reporters should ask is, what kind of background checks and monitoring were done on Roseboom?