I have sadly been close to family situations with the multitudinous and serious, longterm consequences of sexual molestation.
When sexual molestation is not dealt with, it will be a recurring problem, either by producing new generations of child molestors, or by creating sexual promiscuity in other forms, or even leading to the compounded problems that come because of denial, fear, oppression, psychological turmoil etc. Deep inside, these are the effects of serious spiritual forces and realities. The “culture of molestation” becomes an ingrained reality in every aspect of life, not just sexually, but in words, deeds, choices, divisions, and cover.ups.
The Bible takes such problems very seriously, because God cannot overlook sin. When individuals or families try to overlook, deny or cover up sin, the problems still don ́t go away. God ́s Word states: “The Lord passed by before him and proclaimed: “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, and abounding in loyal love and faithfulness, keeping loyal love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin. But he by no means leaves the guilty unpunished, responding to the transgression of fathers by dealing with children and children’s children, to the third and fourth generation” (Exodus 34:6-7).
As a pastor and family man, I must be willing to address and deal with such problems. Sin must be repented of, and thereby the consequences of sin will be dealt with properly – by the atoning work of the Cross of Jesus Christ!
As a pastor and family man, if I accept that sexual molestation can be overlooked or denied, then I am responsible for the negative, hellish forces that will torment generations to come. As a man of God, I must never accept that! Lovingly and candidly, I have to address the sin issues.
I have seen individuals and families that have taken responsibility, and have repented. In such cases, freedom is the result for generations to come!
But I have also seen the opposite. Oh, what pain such people cause in their own lifetime, and for coming generations!
The call to take responsibility and repent is based on God ́s Heart of Everlasting Love. As long as there is life, there is hope!