Justice should be clear and decisive enough that women will be freed to come forward, with the full protection of the law.

This means that churches should recognize the responsibility of the state in curbing such injustice. When a woman is abused, the church should notify police authorities, immediately, even as it ministers to the abused woman and, when applicable, her children.

Simply getting her out of the home is not enough; the abuser must also stand accountable in a court of law.

We also should recognize the economic realities that often cause women to fear that they are trapped in an abusive situation. Whatever our differing ideas about the appropriate size and scope of the government safety net, we should call out, and repudiate, any rhetoric that denigrates the often-dizzying economic hardships especially of women in crisis.

Click here to read the rest of this blog entry by Russel D. Moore on the CNN Belief Blog (originally posted September 10, 2014.)

CNN Belief Blog

Opinion by Russell D. Moore, special to CNN

(CNN) — The country collectively winced as we watched an NFL running back punch his fiancee in the face on an elevator, captured by security video.

The horror in the country crossed all the usual ideological and political divisions. Consciences intuitively knew this was wrong and shocking.

The video brought to light for many Americans what every church and religious institution in America must deal with on an ongoing basis: violence against women.

As a Christian, I believe it’s important to see this issue through the dual lenses of both the responsibility of the state and of the church.

The state, and the larger culture, has a responsibility to work against such violence. The Scripture says that the state is delegated a “sword” of justice to be used against “evildoers” (Roman 13:4). That clearly applies in these horrifying cases.

Often, men…

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