UPDATE ON 9/8/2012: WE ARE SO THRILLED TO SAY THAT ED FINALLY BROKE HIS SILENCE. HE DOES NOT SUPPORT ABWE’S ACTIONS. HE UNDERSTANDS THE PRICE OF SILENCE. THANK YOU, ED. THANK YOU. READ THIS, FRIENDS.
Ed Stetzer recently made some fantastic comments about the importance of protecting children in this article with Thom Rainer about the Penn State scandal. I believe wholeheartedly in what he’s saying publicly, which is in part:
“Protecting children is so important that we have to resist the idea of ‘let’s address this ourselves.’ That’s illegal and it’s also unwise,” Stetzer explained. (Read here.)
But to Ed Stetzer, I must say: How can you say these things when you are still associating yourself with ABWE and have not publicly condemned their incompetence and ignorance in the matter of child abuse?
You are probably saying right now: “Why call this man out publicly? Why didn’t you go to your brother in Christ before saying this?” And to you, I would say that I absolutely did go to my brother in Christ. Months ago. I warned him in an email that his staff assured me he would read. I said he should reconsider his relationship with ABWE and if he had any influence with them he should push for the right thing. I absolutely did what I could to warn him privately on May 6, 2011, and expressed my disappointment that he would be associated with such an institution and reminded him they carried his name and photo on their website. (MY EMAIL TO ED Page 1 and Page 2)
He walked right into this.
I had no response from him, other than his staff’s assurance that he would read my email. And now that everyone is jumping on the child abuse reporting bandwagon, here he comes too, right out of the gate, having never responded to my private cry for help with an institution he is aligned with.
Ed Stetzer, I can only hope that you are pushing quietly for the right thing at ABWE with whatever pull you have there. But I cannot help but point out how strange it is that a man who considers care for children of the utmost importance and reporting to proper authorities of the utmost importance would still allow ABWE to use his name and picture on their website.
You were warned. I did the right thing. Now it’s your turn, Ed.
– Wounded MK