In light of October being National Domestic Violence Awareness month, I would like to post a song, “I Am No Victim” by Kristene DiMarco, from her latest album, “Where His Light Was.”
This title doesn’t imply there are no victims of abuse. This is a very sad reality for too many precious people and there’s no excuse for domestic violence. And I applaud those who fight against domestic abuse. You are our heroes. We must all fight against injustice and abuse wherever we find it.
Furthermore, I affirm and support the former President’s proclamation in 2016:
“The physical and emotional scars of domestic violence can cast a long shadow. Too many individuals, regardless of age, ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, circumstance, or race, face the pain and fear of domestic violence. During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we shine a light on this violation of the basic human right to be free from violence and abuse, pledge to ensure every victim of domestic violence knows they are not alone, and foster supportive communities that help survivors seek justice and enjoy full and healthy lives.” (emphasis in original. Article is found here. NOTE: the current President’s proclamation in 2017 can be found here.)
But what this song is saying is that we’re not defined by what has happened to us. We’re defined by what God says about us and because of what Christ has accomplished on the Cross. And God says we’re not victims. While the enemy seeks any means he can to steal, kill, and destroy, Jesus came to free us and give us life to the full (John 10:1o). No, we are not victims, we’re more than overcomers in Christ, as Paul states in Romans:
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom.8:37-39 NIV)
So, what I’m saying is that the chorus of this song is true about us, no matter what has been done to us:
I am no victim
I live with a vision
I’m covered by the force of love
Covered in my Savior’s blood
I am no orphan
I’m not a poor man
The Kingdom’s now become my own
And with the King I’ve found a home
So, let us continue the fight against all forms of abuse and have compassion and provide protection for its victims. But let’s also help them understand that this is not their identity or their destiny. They are infinitely valued and loved by God. And let none of us forget that it was for freedom that Christ has set us free (Gal.5:1).