This past week 26 men in my community were arrested in a multi-agency child sex sting operation. Like many others in my community, I was shocked, sickened, and boggled. Even as I read the article, questions and possible answers tumbled around in my mind like a pair of shoes and handful of change thrown into a clothes dryer. Thumping. Hitting. Banging. Clanging. Painful.
What makes people behave this way?
People will get away with what they believe they can get away with.
Humanity is flawed and cries for relief and escape from it’s very self. Escape takes many forms.
But this is disgusting and reviling!
Culture doesn’t have a standard of disgusting and reviling. While my opinions and standards are set by my faith. Cultures’ standards are set by…. Well, who knows what? A social group? A best friend? Pop artists with a cause? Commercials? News? Laws and Politics? Now THAT one is going too far! Culture states that opinions, standards, and personal identifications are set by the individual, not by anyone or anything else. By pop culture’s own standards, I shouldn’t be so judgemental.
Perhaps these men were self-identifying as….. ? They were expressing their sexuality through….? They were sexually repressed? Perhaps they were just wanting to live out their porn fantasy. We can come up with 50 million reasons to justify our fickle standards and morals. And I digress….
When will I stop being shocked by the demoralization of America; the land of the free?
I’m devastated, sickened and appalled that the impersonations of children or parents made by the sting operation to entice predators were actually based on real life situations!
I should be angered! REALLY angered by evil. This is what ignites revolution within one’s soul.
I lack righteous anger and too often turn a blind eye to filth. Perhaps I hate rocking the boat. Perhaps I hate stirring the pot. Perhaps I’m too tired. Perhaps I’m waiting for someone else. Perhaps I fear the negative responses I know I’ll get. Perhaps I’m full of a bunch of B.S. excuses that keep me living in the Land of Mediocrity.
Why my community?
Why not? There are some good people, God-fearing people, and world-changers in my community. It’s not an accident that things occur in one’s own community. I do believe it to be a call to action.
These are just the men that were caught. How many others are not yet caught, not just in my community but in this state, country, and across the globe?
Ew. I don’t want to think about it.
Where is God in this?
Isn’t this the age-old question? Haven’t I grown out of this question?
Of course God is active and at work. He just doesn’t usually make headlines. I may never hear about how many miracles he performed behind the scenes, how many prayers engaged Heaven, or the countless lives he’s protected from this type of evil.
Perhaps I need to turn that question around. I walk amongst the victimized, the confused, the searching and the sick, the oppressed and the oppressor, the abused and the abuser. Where am I at in all this? I may not be able to save the world but I can sure pack a lot of prayers into 24 hours and there are things I certainly CAN do…
I can speak against and fight evil and encourage others to do the same. I have the right to form an opinion that may not be popular with culture and be okay with that. I have the right to not be swayed by culture’s fickle norms or standards. I have the right and ability to read, research, pray, and seek wisdom on the things I don’t understand before I speak or repost. I can share what I learn. I can refuse to be a part of the dumbing down of America.
I can self-identify as a warrior, a daughter of royalty, a defender of justice, grace, truth and love.
Psalm 82:3-4 (ESV)
3 Give justice to the weak and the fatherless;
maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
4 Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
Proverbs 31:8-9 ESV
Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
FBI Child Exploitation Investigations – resources, lists, important info, email lists
Suicide Hotline; What Happens When You Call… – If you or someone you know…
Stop Human Trafficking – A21
More resources to come in the near future (abuse, counselling, etc) but please do share some of your favorite resources below!