"We confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone." -from a general prayer of confession
The middle chapters of 2 Samuel tell the story of David's failures which lead to family tragedy. It begins with what he did regarding Bathsheba and her husband, but it continues with what he didn't do. David's son, Amnon, rapes his own half sister - David's daughter, Tamar. When David gets the news, he does nothing. The direct result will be Absalom's (another son of David) alienation from his father as he feels compelled to act because his father didn't. And the family is broken.
We live in an age when inaction against sexual abuse is being confronted. The consequences and brokenness of inaction goes way back to David and further. We should have learned this lesson long ago. And it is my prayer that if we become a people who confront abuse appropriately, we will become a people who don't need to confront it as often as it would diminish among us.
The way for this to truly happen is for us to love one another just as Jesus has loved us. David missed this opportunity. Let's treat each other and take care of each other as Jesus has cared for us.