We have all seen the cases before, and been left scratching our heads. How did the church miss this? Why didn't they believe the accusations, or the multiple accusations? Where there is smoke, there has to be fire, right? Yes, we have to be careful not to rush to judgment, on the slim chance the accusations are false. But our default appears more often, to be doing nothing.
The reality is, sin and this world are a mess, and our best attempts at justice are flawed. But, we are still called to pursue it, as best we can. So, before you are in the midst of such a crisis, here are some helpful thoughts from Practical Theology Professor David Murray, that we would all do well to consider.