What does the Bible say about women being molested?
The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, But the naïve go on, and are punished for it.” –Proverbs 22:3
This shameful molestation that took place on MG Road in Bengaluru – does the Bible have anything to say about it?
The Bible has lots to say about it. The Bible says everything about anything. So, rather than start a debate about whose fault it is, let us simply look at verses of Scripture that address every dimension of the saddening incident. Every dimension? Is not there only one – that of wild men molesting weak and vulnerable women during a time of celebration and revelry?
No, there is more than one dimension, and there are several persons connected with the incident – the police, the men, the women themselves, parents of those that got molested and the molesters, etc.
We are presenting God’s Word to all parties and partners starting with:
God’s Word to humankind
The Book of Proverbs gives you guidance on every aspect of living, on every kind of relationship.
Proverbs 8:12. “I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment. I know where to discover knowledge and discernment.”
God’s Word to parents of youth
Problem is, once their children start earning – often in 5-figure salaries – parents feel their duty is over, and that their adult children can do as they please. But God evidently sees it differently.
Proverbs 13:24. “Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.”
I Timothy 3:4. “He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him.”
Proverbs 19:18. Discipline your children while there is hope. Otherwise you will ruin their lives.”
Proverbs 22:15. A youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness, but physical discipline will drive it far away.
God’s Word to young women
They feel – and they may be right in this – that they are entitled to go when they want and where they want and do what they want as they wear what they want. They demand a safer city, and want the police to protect them. Can they? The Lord would have the young ladies know:
Amos 5:13. “So those who are smart keep their mouths shut, for it is an evil time.”
Matthew 7:6. “Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.”
Proverbs 11:22. “A beautiful woman who lacks discretion is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout.”
Proverbs 31:25. “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”
Revelation 3:18-b. Buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see.”
God’s Word to the Police & Lawmaker
They often feel they are a law unto themselves, but they need to remember their God-given obligation.
Psalm 82:3-4. “Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people.”
Proverbs 25:26. If the godly give in to the wicked, it’s like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring.
God’s Word to working women who get molested
You are a simple working woman, and all you want is to go to work safely, and return home safely. But now every time you leave your house, you are fearful of what could happen along the way. You will need to set your own rigid stands of security so that you are never nervous about what could happen along the way. God reassures you or allows you to reassure yourself through His powerful promises:
Psalm 138:7. “Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will protect me from the anger of my enemies.
You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me.”
Psalm 46:1. God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.
What about the molesters, and those who harass women?
Of course, God has Words for them too, strong words.
Matthew 5:28. “I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
Romans 13:1-5. “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.”
Deuteronomy 22:25-27. “If the man meets the engaged woman out in the country, and he rapes her, then only the man must die. Do nothing to the young woman; she has committed no crime worthy of death. She is as innocent as a murder victim. Since the man raped her out in the country, it must be assumed that she screamed, but there was no one to rescue her.”
1 Corinthians 6:13b. “You can’t say that our bodies were made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies.”
God’s Word to all of us before we leave this meditation
Ephesians 2:10. “We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.”
Let us live up to that mighty mandate and conduct our life and lifestyle accordingly
By the NLTCE Network Team