God Will Disclose Non-Disclosure Agreements

The #MeToo movement has exposed the global issue of sexual abuse. The women speaking out are victims of powerful men who used their power to satisfy their urges. 

Abuse of power leads to abuse of people.

Abusers can use their power to make victims sign non-disclosure agreements, or NDAs. This protects their reputation by silencing the victim.

In other words, they use that same power to abuse women again - to gag them, often against their will.

This is a second form of abuse.

Victims

But it’s not always clear-cut.

This week, a judge ruled that a powerful, British businessman’s NDA should not be reported on by the Daily Telegraph. The story has now been linked with retail millionaire Sir Phillip Green.

The difficulty was that there’s no evidence of manipulating the victim. Sometimes women don’t want this kind of story to follow them.

But does that make her any less of a victim? Isn’t she still carrying the psychological scars inflicted by her abuser?

Isn’t he still a criminal? How can the law around NDAs be used to stop the law around criminal justice?

Since Eden, the powerful are so often shielded their sin’s consequences; the weak are oppressed (Psalm 94:1-3).

Victors

NDAs may continue to stand in the way of justice. But they won’t forever.

‘For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.’ Ecclesiastes 12:14

It seems like the powerful get away with their abuse. But no one has ever stood before the Lord and looked powerful.

“Surely God will crush the heads of his enemies, the hairy crowns of those who go on in their sins” (Psalm 68:21). 

Praise God that he crushed Christ in our place (Isaiah 53:5) and that he’s given us new power to walk away from sin (Romans 6:22).

Praise him that, whether it’s at Jesus’ cross or into eternity, no abuse will go unpunished (Luke 12:2).