This is Part 3 of my interview with Justin Holcomb, who wrote Rid of My Disgrace with his wife, Lindsey.
Justin earned his PhD at Emory and is a pastor at Mars Hill Church in Seattle. For more about Justin, see here:
To buy the book, Rid of My Disgrace, see here:
For Part 1 of the interview:
For Part 2 of the interview:
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GL: In your book you deal with the emotions following the trauma of sexual assault. How does the Gospel bring hope and healing?
JH: We deal with the negative and destructive emotions that result from sexual assault. Emotions are not merely physiological impulses that can be simply ignored, trivialized, or controlled. Our emotions are not just chemicals in our brain and physiological responses to stimuli. Emotions are to be taken seriously and listened to. They reveal what you believe about God, yourself, your experience of sexual assault, others, and the world. What you believe has a huge connection to how you respond to disgrace, violence, denial, shame, guilt, fear, anxiety, bitterness, despair, and so on.
The beliefs that accompany the development, maintenance, and increase of disgrace and distress are directly responsible for generating dysfunctional emotions and their effects for victims. This means that emotions can be fed or fought by the one experiencing them. Grace of God fights against the emotions accompanying your disgrace and nurtures you new emotions.
The gospel of Jesus offers new emotions to victims and how they relate to the current emotions victims experience.
Grace offers to victims the gift of refuting distortions and faulty thinking and replacing their condemning, counterfactual beliefs with more accurate ones that reflect the truths about God, themselves, and God’s grace-filled response to their disgrace.
God’s grace dismantles the beliefs that give disgrace life. Grace re-creates what violence destroyed.Read more