Is the church a bully?

"Stop Bullying" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Stop Bullying” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Bullies intimidate. They shame. They make people afraid. They like to control people.

Often it’s because of their own deep-seated insecurities.

Not all individual, local churches are this way. But it’s enough of a problem that many people think it’s safe enough to generalize. The church as a whole has not treated some people very well.

The pope recently claimed that the church should apologized to a whole lot of people groups. Why? For discrimination. In other words, for abuse. For bullying.

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4 Responses

  1. Harvey Joyner says:

    Yeah, the church has a been a magnet for highly dysfunctional people, including bullies who see the church as a safe place to act out their unresolved stuff!

  2. Dave says:

    Funny, when I think about it I don’t really blame the church as an organization for merely trying to survive. I blame the leadership which over time have co-opted the mission and turned it into an organization-sustaining one. I’d probably attend a real Acts 2 church. But since it will be run by the usual stupid humans* it will inevitably decline quickly to the point where the main focus is organizational survival.

    *these usually start out as average folks with good hearts – like most of us hope to be

  3. It’s human complicity with systems.