Thursday, 5 March 2015

We have sacrificed the children

The child abuse scandal rolls on and on.  From the further fall from grace of pop star Paul Gadd (I won't use his stage name - those unspeakable crimes were not committed by some stage persona, they were committed by him), to the almost systematic abuse of children in places like Rotherham and Oxford.

The culpability is widespread, from the abusers themselves, to those who had the opportunity to stop it, but did nothing,

Whilst thinking about this, the Graham Kendrick song "Who can sound the depths of sorrow" came to me - particularly the line at the end of each verse "have mercy, Lord".
When I looked up the words, the line "We have sacrificed the children" jumped out at me.

Who can sound the depths of sorrow
In the Father heart of God
For the children we've rejected
For the lives so deeply scarred?
And each light that we've extinguished
Has brought darkness to our land
Upon our nation, upon our nation
Have mercy, Lord

We have scorned the truth you gave us
We have bowed to other lords
We have sacrificed the children
On the altars of our gods
O let truth again shine on us
Let your holy fear descend
Upon our nation, upon our nation
Have mercy, Lord

Who can stand before your anger?
Who can face your piercing eyes?
For you love the weak and helpless
And you hear the victims' cries
Yes, you are a God of justice
And your judgement surely comes
Upon our nation, upon our nation
Have mercy, Lord

Who will stand against the violence?
Who will comfort those who mourn?
In an age of cruel rejection
Who will build for love a home?
Come and shake us into action
Come and melt our hearts of stone
Upon your people, upon your people
Have mercy, Lord

Who can sound the depths of mercy
In the Father heart of God?
For there is a Man of sorrows
Who for sinners shed his blood
He can heal the wounds of nations
He can wash the guilty clean
Because of Jesus, because of Jesus
Have mercy, Lord

Graham Kendrick 
Copyright © 1988 Make Way Music

As a nation, from the top down, action must be taken to prevent this from ever happening again.  I am pleased that David Cameron is bringing in legislation to hold people responsible for any cases of abuse that happen "on their watch".  I don't often praise Cameron, but he's got this one right.

Please pray for the abused children, that they may somehow be able to move on, that the abusers will be brought to justice, and that we, as a nation, can prevent such a scandal from ever happening again.

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