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The Job of the Christian Abolitionist is not Complete

What is a Christian Abolitionist?

The Christian Abolitionist is a Christian who actively pursues the end of slavery (human trafficking).

Where have the Christian Abolitionist gone?

During the anti-slavery movement, pre American civil war, the Christians were heavily involved in the abolition of slavery. In fact it was largely led by Christians.  They won that battle, slavery was made illegal in the USA.   The problem is that the war was not over, but we became content with our progress.

Today we see human slavery at an all time high.  Presently over 27,000,000 men, women and CHILDREN are slaves.  You can see them chained and working.  You can find them huddled together in factories in 3rd world countries. You will find them on street corners, all over the world, selling themselves. Not because they want to, but because they are forced to.  You will find them in the richest areas and the poorest.  You will find them in your neighborhood and in your city.  You find their bodies thrown out into large unmarked graves when they no longer hold . Slaves are often killed rather than set free.

Folks, less 3% of slaves are freed. That means over 97% (26,190,000) will die in slavery. Where have the Christian Abolitionist gone?

Although everyone should act against slavery,  I will not stand up and condemn people who do not claim the name of Christ. I will not stand up and call them out for not standing up for my morality.  They may have a different morals then I do.

If you are a Christian then we have the same morals. You and I have the same base for morality.  We are commanded to help those in need. We are commanded to protect the helpless.  There is no one more helpless than a child forced into slavery.   There is  no weakness more pure than a child.  How are they (the children) to stop what is happening to them?  They can not. YOU and I can.

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My heart breaks when I think of the vastness of human trafficking.  When I (even for a moment) ponder the reality of what is taking place my heart aches.  Right now, someone is forcing five year old children to work fields and twelve year old children to have sex. Right now men and women are being sold like chattel.

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What gives another human the right to do that to someone else?  Are we not all progeny from the garden?  Who am I to not do everything in my power to stop this?  This is not something that only happens over seas or in third world countries.   It happens in my back yard.

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How will we as Christians stand before God one day and answer this very simple question: “Son/Daughter why did you not help your brother/sister who was trapped by evil?”

Remember Matthew 25:34-46  ………… ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’………………. ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ …….

Which one do you want to be?  On the right or on the left?  Do you think He does not mean what He says?  Do you believe that judgment does not start in the house of God?

Do you want to receive the judgement of God?    I do not.

We must stand.  We must be heard.  We must be felt.  Our voice can not be drowned out.  Our motion can not be stopped.  Christ is in this movement.  Christ stands with those who are helpless and in need.  He does this by using folks just like you and me.

There is much work that needs to be done. So I will ask one more time “Where is the Christian Abolitionist?”

I pray they are not lost.  There were no slaves in the garden.  God did not create us to be slaves, but He created us as a family.  He created us free.  If God did not create slavery, then who are we to participate in it?

If you wish to publicly make a difference and become a Christian Abolitionist; please visit one of the links below. There are only a few (there are many) organizations that work to end this tragedy.  They work hard. There are simple things that can be done to help.

NHTRC

http://www.trafficking.org/organizations.aspx

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Please visit their sites and see what you can do.  If they are not available in your area that is okay.  There are others who are.  Together we can end human trafficking.  We can end slavery here and abroad.  This is doable. All we have to do is stand up.  There are 27,000,000 slaves today in this world.  The numbers of folks who control them are much smaller then that.  There are over 7,000,000,000 people in this world. If we got together the small numbers that support this would end and every child that God created would be free.

We must end this atrocity.  We must fight for the helpless.  We must be the voice of the voiceless. We must end slavery.  We must end human trafficking.

 

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The Destruction of Innocence

As humans, we seem to be at war with all things innocent.   It is as if something is innocent, we must destroy it, so we can feel better about ourselves.  The  destruction of innocence is a result of selfishness, vanity and greed.  The list of immoral reasons could go on, but why?

My heart is crying out and I am broken.  My Spirit cries day and night due to the destruction of innocence in our world.  I wake in the night thinking about it.  My brain can not turn it off.  I could be working and suddenly the crime that is being perpetrated sneaks in. Taking over my thoughts.  My Spirit can not rest.  What have we come to?  What happened to the sanctity of life?  What happened to “Thou shall not murder”?

The destruction of children, by forcibly putting them into the sex trade.  The slaughter of men and women whose only sin was living in the wrong place and believing the wrong thing.  We so easily rush to violence to get our way. (selfish and vain) We rush to murder to fill our pockets (abortion, euthanasia, greed and vanity).   We murder (en masse) babies (defenseless) due to inconvenience or even due to another persons wrong.  We have been taught that two wrongs do not make a right, but we justify it (selfishness) by saying it’s not our fault (vanity and selfishness).  Over 52,000,000 babies are slaughtered, in America alone.  Over 1.7 billion abortions since 1973 world wide.  Why are girls targeted?  Why do folks wait to find out the sex of the child before aborting?  Why are folks devalued just because they cannot be seen?  Out of site out of mind (selfishness)?

The poor are forced from their land so that governments can get more tax dollars. (greed)  The rich take advantage of the poor (who have no education or understanding to fight back) and take what little they even have (greed).  Our society makes laws that protect those in power; while at the same time raping the inalienable rights that have been given by God. (greed, selfish and vanity)  Society says it is okay, so it is okay (it is not).

How about robbing the worker of his wages (greed)?   We abandon Scripture as if there are no consequences.   Deuteronomy 24:15 “You shall give him his wages on his day before the sun sets, for he is poor and sets his heart on it; so that he will not cry against you to the LORD and it become sin in you.”

Who are we to steal and to deprive folks of what is theirs?   Why do you say this does not happen when it happens everyday.  Why do we turn a blind eye?  (selfishness) Is it easier to pretend these things do not happen?  Or would we rather have it not bother our lives since we are busy with our own problems?   Are we like Cain “am I my brothers keeper?”

There is a cry going out day and night directly from the throne of the Father.  “Who will stand in the gap?”  Yet the destruction of innocence grows and those who stand for righteousness shrink back as their numbers dwindle.  The acceptance of this destruction is tantamount to doing it ourselves yet we say we are tolerant (no tolerance allowed).  We say “it’s not in my country” (it is).  We lie to ourselves daily so that we can keep sipping our $5 coffee. Or stream our music on a monthly service as we drive down the road in our automobile; which cost more then 10 years of wages in the vast majority of the world.  I know, I know, you earned it. They have not.  What have you done for the poor?  Matt 5:42  Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

Christians turn a blind eye.  They forget what it means to stand up for innocence and fight for the poor.  They worry about their daily drug of choice (coffee) and whether or not it was made properly.  Was it the right temperature, the correct amount of sweetener, the perfect roast on the glorious been?  Then when it is not right, maybe a bit to cold, or to sweet, or not sweet enough we are up in arms.  We go straight to management and demand they fix it.   We tell all our friends about our horrible experience.  Sad!  We fear losing what we have acquired, but we forget that all that we have acquired came from God and He can take it away if He chooses to.   Job 1:21  And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

Have we forgotten where we came from?  Have we forgotten how much God has done for us? His forgiveness? His blessings (physical and Spiritual)?

Maybe not all Christians are so narcissistic.  I mean after all we pay $5 for that cup of coffee.  While at the same time participating in systems that often rob the farmers of their wages.  I will admit that many Christians have bigger problems then that. Such as paying an electric bill or some how getting their kids through college.  I get it. We live in a society that does not value those that are innocent or poor.  They only value those who are like themselves and they are neither innocent nor poor.  They value money, time and success.  If you do not have money, time, or success then you are nothing and obviously you have sinned. (Job’s friends)

Why should I be held responsible?  Why does it matter if I do nothing? I am not doing it myself.  I have not participated in slavery in any way.  I have not killed an innocent child.  I have not lied to someone to get what I want.  I have not personally stolen wages from a worker or property from someone poor.  I have not participated in the loss of innocence.  Remember Jesus’s words:

Matt 25:45, 46  “Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Sexual slavery (largely children) is on the rise today at a rate not seen in the history of the earth.  Do you realize that porn is the starting point in this (for the west) and that it is largely supported by those in the west.  If we were to end it here then the majority of the children in this world who are enslaved for this purpose would become free for there would be no demand for illicit sex.  Where there is no profit there is no need.  (sad very sad)  Yes selfishness drives our libido so we seem to not care who we hurt and ignore the end consequences.

Or have we forgot the obligation Christ left us with? Have we turned that blind eye?  Have we abandoned those in need and not fought against the shedding of innocent blood?  Why? Because we were busy building our lives, raising our children and filling our stomachs. Meanwhile others (our kin) are being slaughtered by the millions.  Millions more starve and are kept in a position of poverty so that others can have wealth.  What about the slaughter is so appealing? Why have so many participated by either slaughtering the innocent or not fighting against it.  Do you somehow believe that liking a post on Facebook will absolve you of innocent blood? (I really would like to know)  When you stand on judgement day before the throne of God and He ask you why you did nothing what will your answer be?  I could not make folks believe as I do (pat answer).  I did not like it, in fact I like hundreds of post on Facebook against it.  I signed an online petition. I told a friend it was wrong.   I hated those who did it (love your enemy).  What will you say.  It was society, I could not change society (12 did).  Some in our faith have turned the world upside down.   Acts 17:6   And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;

What will you say?  As for me, I want to be able to say I fought hard, even to the shedding of my own blood. (not someone else’s) Our Christ shed His blood, why not I!?!

Why do some believe that others will do it for them? I will give money, now I am absolved of my obligation to my brother and sister (this is a lie).   As easy as this is to swallow, it is wrong and the day will come where you will no longer have that luxury. In fact, the day may be directly upon us.  Heed Joshua’s words  Joshua 24:15 “If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

You may not serve the god of the Amorites or the god beyond the River, but if you participate in violence against innocence, you serve a different God then Yahweh.  Do not fool yourselves. Do not allow your brain to trick you into believing that you can serve two masters (yourself and God).  Matt 6:24  “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

Our God is a Jealous God.  He allows us to have no other master.  Repent today while there is still time.  He is faithful to forgive you.  He will cleanse you from the sin of the destruction of innocence.  If you have participated in the sexual exploiting of others, in abortion, or in any other form of the destruction there is forgiveness.  There is hope.  There is repentance.  Turn from your wickedness and find that Christ has a balm of healing waiting for you.  A salve that He will administer made from His very own healing blood and flesh.  He will apply it liberally as needed and you will be healed.  You will be free from these past sins.  I wish to leave you with this tid bit to chew on: John Newton wrote Amazing Grace.  This song has touched generations of folks around the world, Christian and non Christian alike.  Prior to this, he was the captain of a slave ship and he did horrible things.  He did not hold any value on life nor did he care about innocence.  He only cared about the bottom dollar.  In the end He was redeemed and touched the world to such a degree that few have ever seen.  His act of creation still reverberates today, hundreds of years later.  If there was redemption for him then there is for you as well.  He was a true reprobate and God still loved him.  He murdered and spilled much blood. God still forgave him.  He did his part in enslaving our brothers and sisters, but God brought renewal and for my part I am thankful.  The song Amazing Grace has touched me to my depth over and over again.  To know that God’s grace is all I need.

Here are a few verses for you to peruse.  They will help lead you down the path of Righteousness and build life and holiness within.

Exodus 23.7  Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent or the righteous, for I will not acquit the guilty.

Proverbs 15:17  He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.

Jeremiah 22:3  ‘Thus says the LORD, “Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place.

Jeremiah 26:15  “Only know for certain that if you put me to death, you will bring innocent blood on yourselves, and on this city and on its inhabitants; for truly the LORD has sent me to you to speak all these words in your hearing.”

2 Kings 21:16  Moreover, Manasseh shed very much innocent blood until he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; besides his sin with which he made Judah sin, in doing evil in the sight of the LORD.

Psalm 106:38  And shed innocent blood, The blood of their sons and their daughters, Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; And the land was polluted with the blood.

Isaiah 59:7  Their feet run to evil, And they hasten to shed innocent blood; Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity, Devastation and destruction are in their highways.

Joel 3:19  Egypt will become a waste, And Edom will become a desolate wilderness, Because of the violence done to the sons of Judah, In whose land they have shed innocent blood.

Survivor (post 1 of 3)

Folks this is my wife’s new blog. She is starting to write about herself and what God has done. Please read it and follow her if you are interested. I am sure you will see God’s Faithfulness through out all that she writes about.

Under His Wings

I generally stay away from political issues or hot topics since generally people have their own opinions and are very strong about it and I do not like to argue nor stir waters.  But my heart has been calling me to write this or otherwise it will explode. So here it is.  You can read it or not.  

This is my story.

I was known as the ugliest baby in my quaint Korean village, a village that as full of rice patties, small mountains and American Service men.   My sister used to tell me that I was so ugly that she could not look at me without throwing up.  (no she was not being mean she was telling the truth)  I was so hard to look at that my mom had to put a curtain around me so no one would have to look at me.  You see…

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Legislating Morality

This is a soap box rant of mine.

I am tired of hearing folks say you can not legislate morality.  This is a falsehood.  The only thing you can legislate is morality.  Let me make my case.

First my thesis is simple.  All legislation is based on a moral code.

I like to keep my theses simple so that folks will not equivocate on what I am trying to say.  Here is a most simple example of one of the most mundane laws on the books.   The speed limit.

Okay everyone has an opinion on what the speed limits should be in varying circumstances.  I myself do as well but I will  not speak to that in any way.   I thought through all the laws I could and even did a search on Google to determine if there was a law I could find that I could see no moral code for.  I could find none so if you find one please leave it in the comments below and I will respond to it as soon as I am able.

Now onto the speed limit.

When one thinks of speed zones they often will think of school zones, freeways, neighborhood streets and that is normal.   When legislators think of speed zones they think of the reason behind the speed zones.  This is where morality comes into play.  Why should we drive slower in a school zone as opposed to a freeway.  We believe for the safety of our children we drive slower in school zones because it is more frequent that a child could run into the street and get hit by a vehicle there then anywhere else.  If we are going slow enough then we may be able to stop prior to hitting them or at least minimize damage when they get hit if we are slow enough.    The question is why does this matter?

Glad you asked.  I know what you are thinking “I did not ask” I beg to differ you did too ask.  Okay Here I go.  It matters because our moral code says it is not okay to run over a child even if it is not our fault.  We must take precautions for the protect of our little ones.  We understand that we must limit our freedoms to some degree for others if we are to live in any sort of community.   The larger the community the more limits that are put on our freedoms.  The smaller the community the less limits needed.

This bring us back to legislating morality.  Of course morality is legislated every first year philosophy student should be able to tell you why.   The answer is simple.  Laws in and of themselves are a moral code.  It is what we as a society believe to be important enough for us to enforce them.  Once we put it to paper it becomes codified as a community moral code.  Whether this community is 20 folks in a small rural backwater village somewhere or a 20 million person large city or a 300 million person large country.   You will find though there are small differences between moral codes by community and even within community.  That though is another discussion.

I am keeping this short.  I hope I am clear and concise and I hope that I never ever have to hear again you cant legislate morality.  Oh well I am sure I will since barely anyone actually reads what I write.  Over and out for now.  Till I have time for my next big post.

Rant On Dating

Okay folks this is long and not well written.  I put this on facebook. I have not taken the time to correct it so please feel free to laugh and make fun of it. Also feel free to disagree with it.  I would love a good conversation on this topic thanks.  It is long.

In this post I am only tagging my daughters but I want all you young folks for whom I am an uncle or close please read. I wish to impart something I learned in my life and I hope that it will help you. It is a long read but I hope worth your while. Sorry ahead of time this is very long.

I have seen something in humanity that I find sad. I think it comes with the modernization of society. I am referring to relationships (choosing your mate) and how they are working in modern society. There was a time in history where families were made by families. What I mean by this a child would not get their choice of whom to marry. The marriage would be arranged by two families that would mutually benefit each family. The purpose of this was for the best chance of the family continuing and the success of society. Also a parent who has more understanding of life (due to being part of it longer) is able to make better decisions and will understand what it takes to have a strong, vibrant and alive family. Then as times changed from arranged marriages (yes they are still practiced in this world but less then was) to court ship people found freedom and were able to make some choices for themselves. (is all freedom good or better yet is all freedom really free) Courtship is an easy concept to understand but not very well perceived in our anything goes culture. The point of the courtship is to determine if the person you are courting would make a good mate. It attempts to do this in the safest way possible by creating boundaries that, if followed, will allow you to get to know someone and make that determination. Those boundaries (in simple terms it could get very complicated if you let it) are simple you are not allowed to be alone together, your parents are to approve of the person you are to court prior to you courting and the girls parents are to approve who is the chaperone during the courtship. The chaperones could be different people but the job of the girls parent is to protect the girl. The reason is simple guys are stronger then girls and will take advantage of that when they can (as we have seen frequently). When one is courting this is not possible. Also the other reason for a chaperone is to help determine the character of the individuals courting. This allows someone with an outside perspective to help make a decisions that will effect the rest of your life. Courting when done correctly allows for freedom of who you want to marry at the same time puts boundaries around folks that will protect the individual as well as society.

When one follows standard courtship rules things like out of wedlock births cant happen, date rape can’t happen and divorce will drastically shrink in numbers. If you do not understand how I came to those conclusions I will not defend it here in this post. Maybe another on when I have more time. In fact a proper introduction has been lost in society. There was a time when a women would not go up and introduce herself to a man nor a man to a women they did not know. They would have a friend introduce them and that friend would, by introduction, be vouching for the character of the person who is being introduced actually on both sides. In other words you would not introduce a friend to someone who was not trustworthy due to the risk of the untrustworthy individual doing something untrustworthy. This was all part of the courtship society.

Lets look at the traditional dating scene (by traditional I mean over the last say 75 years or so). The finding a mate scene changed from courtship to dating. This happened over a number of decades but from about 1950 on it changed at a very rapid pace. I believe WWII had much to do with this. WWII was hard on the country and on the folks who fought. This created a sense that they wanted their children to have it much easier and they allowed things to loosen up a bit then quickly things turned on them in a way they never saw coming. The turbulent 60’s and the sexual revolution. Remember Sex Drugs and Rock and Roll. If you did not catch it Sex and Rock and Roll are the same thing. (if you do not understand ask someone old they will explain it to you).

Things that end up bad often start out small such as dating. At first the parents expected the boys to ask the father to date his daughter. This is a left over of the courting culture. That went mostly away over about a 20 year period. (it still happens today but rarely) The reason it went away is largely tied into the secularization of society and how the school system has actively worked towards eliminating the authority of the parent thus making parents wishes okay to ignore. The traditional dating scene is where a boy ask a girl to go on a date. The boy would first get the okay from the father and then plan a date and go. There were rules as to how long you could stay out where you would go and even if you were allowed to hold hands or not. This quickly changed again with the sexual revolution.

The sexual revolution was mostly started by folks who had rejected the Christian faith and in doing so stated that we are free to do what we want when we want. The misperception here (of course) is in the Christian faith you have always had that freedom. In the Christian faith you are truly free to live anyway you want we teach that we should live a life filled with Christ and His righteousness not what we would consider right. We only do this of our own free will it is never forced on anyone and could not be even if we wanted it to and it has been tried many many times. You can not force Love (which is a state not an emotion).

Back to the sexual revolution. One big piece that came from the sexual revolution was the rapid spreading of STD’s (sexually transmitted Diseases). Prior to this they were rare and usually only found amongst prostitutes and those who frequented them or drug users (yes there were drug users prior to the hippies). This should have taught society that there are consequences to ones actions but it did not. Instead they went head on accepting the consequences to where now there are hundreds of millions (world wide) who are infected with a STD and millions who have died and are dying from a STD. Of course our society is still not seeing the consequences for their actions. Society is still saying “DAMN! the consequences full steam ahead!” (sorry if you do not understand that analogy you were taught in a substandard education system lead by folks with an agenda that is not education but propagandizing).

The sexual revolution gave us much more then just STD’s it gave us a sky rocketing out of wedlock birth rate, a skyrocketing divorce rate the normalizing of pornography (so now we have nation where a boy is not able to grow up with out having to deal with it) and probably the worse of the whole batch is the emotional damage.

I realize as a society we want to pretend that sex is simple a function. It is not. It is a function as well as and even more importantly a contract between two people. This contract says I love you (remember love is a state not an emotion) and I am committed to you and only you. This contract says that we are not partners for life and I look forward to each day with you through the thick and the thin. Through the good and the bad. Through the rough and the smooth. Our society tries to say this is not so but lets look at the evidence in society. Single moms, (not counting widows) who really wants to be a single mom? I would say only selfish folks want to be a single mom. It is common sense that kids are always always better off with two parents. (the assumption that one parents is not abusive which is a subject for a different post). I am sad to say that many of the single mothers I know actually want to bring children into the world as a single parent. I know this is not everyone but sad to say in our current culture it is common. I do believe that through the next two generations this will be alleviated and level out a bit lower then we currently are today. I am not sure how much if I would hazard a guess I would say about 20%. Remember folks single parenthood is one of the bigger indicators of someone living in poverty the rest of their lives. I believe it may even be a bigger indicator then a lack of education though I am not sure. The sexual revolution has done much more then this and none of it good but I am not going to get into that in this post.

This brings us to the modern day. Dating today (if you can call it that). Today it is okay to hook up or have a friend with benefits. (a disgusting term) A disgusting turn of events and as I have shown and the evidence of societal breakdown has shown the promises made by the sexual revolution have failed. We are not free in fact we are more slaves to passion and emotions then any time in our countries history. Today when someone dates someone else they feel it is no one else’s business. The common thought is “I am independent and it is my life I can do what I please” and to a point this is true you can do as you please but you are not independent. I know of no one in all of history who has not had help from someone at some time in their life. True independence is a lie. This lie is what lies behind much of our current ills in society. Some how we think that we are only hurting ourselves by our actions or that society does not matter only my momentary happiness. This is all not true. When you are hurt those who care about you are hurt along with you. When you become a single parent society pays a price through welfare or crime, poverty programs and so on. What you do is not independent of everyone else it is very very interdependent of everyone else in fact if society was truly independent then you would get no help from anyone and you would either work or starve. You may even starve if you work because you are not always successful.

Back to dating. Dating in todays culture has completely divorced the family from any part of decision making. Some will say this is good. I say it is bad and I say the stats back it up. Look at the divorce rate and the out of wedlock birth rate just to name two. If you want to look at the crime rate and drop out rate they are also directly related to how we perceive family and the family purpose. How about how happy people are in marriage. I can make a bet that those who are happy in marriage have strong interaction with their family (generalization here always exception but according to the rules of logic that only supports the generalization) and they help to make stronger families in the future.

This family interaction is dying. Young adults (I would say about 35 and under) were raised with out the awareness of what was once considered not okay. Now they were raised by folks who bucked the system that was in place and have chosen a different path. I do believe though that the millennial’s are starting to see what their parents and their grand parents have done. How the changes that so many are so proud of, such as the ability to have sex with anyone you want to do any drug you want or protest anything you want, have actually turned out bad and how that is all being dumped on them. The millennial’s are inheriting a broken society that is in debt (due to welfare) a debt so bad that it cant be paid off even in their life time so their kids and their grandkids will also be suffering for this. They have seen and have understood the break down of the family many of them are the result of it they have lived through some of the worst kids have seen in US history.

Back to dating. How to pick a mate (my original intent on this post). Find someone who adores you. Men do not date someone you do not adore. Remember love is a state of being not an emotion. Emotions come and go. Please listen to your parents. They know you at your young age better then you know yourself. Listen to those around you if they are all saying it is a bad match it most likely is. I realize that the safeguards that society once had in place are gone now. Even with that you can implement safeguards in your own life. You can turn to those who love you and who care for you. You can make the choice to believe they have your best interest at heart. Remember just because they are nice and will always be nice does not mean they are for you. Love is a choice not an emotion.

Find that person who wants to live in a state of love with you. Learn what love really is not what TV portrays it as. You want to learn about a good marriage talk to old folks who have one. NOT the old folks who have been married 2 or 3 times but the old folks who have been married 30, 50 or 70 years. They have something to share. They understand. Know this you can marry many people but most of the ones you can marry will never be right. You can date many people but why?!? The one thing everyone wants (even those who say they dont) they want someone to be happy with. To live with to raise a family with. They want to have companionship for their life that one person they can trust and look too even if they are angry with them. Trust has to be their. That one person holds no records of all your wrong doings (that could be long) and you hold no record of theirs. That is not living in a state of love. Please do not follow the culture be choosy and listen to those around you who have life experience not those of the same age (sorry folks). If you are not willing to live in that state of love with someone then please quit dating them and by all means do not marry them.

In all this I favor arranged marriages. I do understand our current culture does not allow for this so I will stand by a good courtship. I think if you truly want a good life then you will have to make good choices. I know many of you have made bad choices and those are not in the past. Though those consequences are still with you. It is time to start to make good choices. If you want to do that please talk with me. I am more then happy to help. In fact I really want to help. There is nothing more important to me then you.

Sorry this is long and if you read the whole thing then thanks.

The Sexualization of Our Society

I am thinking of how provocative everything is.  How most movies, most TV shows, much of the advertising of any sort and even just the everyday close worn are designed to be sexual and to desensitize society to sexual morality that was set many generations ago.

Even things that are supposedly innocent such as a child’s dance program are turned sexual. You see little kids in outfits that use to be only worn in places people were embarrassed to be seen in.  We are teaching our children to throw away modesty.  It seems like our society now says it is okay to sexualize someone who is not an adult and in fact we cheer, clap, smile, give accolades upon accolades and tell them how cute they are when they are wearing clothing that is in no terms modest.  What are we building in that child’s (usually girls) subconscious?  What lessons are they learning?  That a girl is only appreciated when they do something sexual (teen pregnancy epidemic & the growth of sexual assaults).  Sensuality is flashed in front of us in one form or another all day long be it by advertising or TV or just seeing what people are wearing.

According to the CDC in 2012 they did a survey and they found that 1 in 5 women have been raped at some point in there life in contrast 1 in 71 men experienced the same. This number does not count sexual assaults.  Out of those rapes for women 12.3% were raped at the age of 10 or before while boys were 27.8% but out of the rapes for women 42.2% were perpetrated while they were under the age of 18.  These are just some of the statistics there are many more that will break your heart.  So many that I had to quit researching it because I am getting angry.

I realize that large amount of society (this includes many many Christians) does not see the sexualization of children and society as a whole as a bad thing.  They believe that throwing off the old social morays is a good thing and will bring freedom for people to live and be who they are meant to be.  They do not want Christian principles governing society they want to fantasize about anyone they want they want to look at porn be it adult or children if they want to and they want to have sex (regardless of age) with anyone they want to.  They do not want someone to say what they are doing is bad.  They even go further then that.  They want the law and society to say their sexual distortions are okay and in fact good.  They want to be a part of a society that says they are admirable and we should all do as they do.

Here is the question “Do you want to live in that society?” 

I do not.  I do not want to live in a society that sexualizes kids that are still single digits in age.  I do not want to live in a society where teachers can rape children for years and get a slap on the hand and probation then walk free.  I do not want to live in a society where unions fight for child rapist to get their pensions back after losing it for raping children.  I do not want to live in a society where sex is the center piece.  Where some of the most popular songs on the radio are about aberrant sex (such as rape, sadomasochism, the destruction of someone else and so on).  Why are these things so popular?  Why does society allow such trash as this?  Why are our kids told it is okay to have sex with anyone they want and then again with someone else?  Why does our society think that having sex with anyone they want is freedom?

I will answer this, though you may not like my answer.  Our society is a post Christian society.  A society that no longer lives by Christian morality but by morality that comes from the society itself.  The obvious problem here is when morality is set by society it will change with society.  Morality is not supposed to be something that changes it is supposed to be solid.  The reason Christian morality does not change and has not since the beginning is because God does not change.  The reason societies morality fluctuates is because people change.   People will always give into to their passions whether they are good or not.

Now before you go and tell me about someone who has not just think as a human I have given in to passions that I should not have (Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God).  I can say with all confidence that we all have given into base passions that have no value but actually detract from that which is truly valuable.

Fluctuating morality is the downfall of countless societies through out history.  Usually at the core of the fluctuation is sex.  When I say sex I do not mean sex between a husband and a wife.  I mean any other type of sex.  God is clear that any sexual experience outside of the confines of marriage  is wrong.  Any sex out side other then a man and a women is wrong.  Sex is not supposed to be public in any way.  Though in our society everything I have just stated as morality has been pushed off and now our society goes for it fully with out reservations and they say it is good.  In fact they say it is not only good but better to break the Christian morality of modesty while in public and the Christian morality of Sex only between a man and a women who are married.  The results are everywhere one goes.  On bill boards, sides of taxi’s, TV, internet and so on.  As I have stated previously even children are being brought up to show their bodies at young ages  even as young as 4 or 5.  Modesty has changed to mean anything anyone wants it to mean.

Today there is no chance for a child today to grow up and not be bombarded with sexuality being shown in a way that is not Biblical.  I realize that  that statement I just made makes some rejoice.  They think by throwing off the boundaries that God Himself set they are now God themselves. They get to make the rules and say what is right and what is wrong.  They are the ones who say to far is to far.  The issue is for them what happens when someone else where they are is not far enough?  What happens when lines become blurred as they are today.  Teachers are molesting and raping children and getting off with one year in prison and a few short years of probation.   This tells society that things are changing that children are now sexual objects to be used as one chooses.  There is not way that a 12 year old can consent to sex with an adult or any one for that matter.   They do not have the reasoning capacity to make that decision.  There are grown adults in this nation who believe it should be okay and are actively working on making it okay through judicial decree, through changing laws or any means they are able to have sex with minors of any age.

I realize that we technically state that sex with a minor is wrong but our enforcement of these laws are tepid at best.  In my home city of Portland, OR we had a mayor Sam Adams who had some sort of sexual experience with a minor boy.  He did not get evicted out of office nor did he go to jail.  I will say this that many of the gay organizations who supported him withdrew their support and even campaigned for his eviction from office. (to their credit) The problem here is society is okay some things while saying others are wrong.  Soon there will be no line where wrong is.  You can not have one minor okay to have a sexual experience with and another not.  You can change the definition of minors but once you do that it does not stop either.

Our nation is on one of the most power drugs known in history and we need to stop using cold turkey.  This drug is sexuality (power).

There is only one way to successfully stop this trend of over sexualization of society and that is to see a Christian Revival.  Laws do not work.  Speeches do not work.  Being told you are wrong does not work.  All these have been tried and failed.  God works.  When God changes ones heart there is true change.  The old ways die off and new ones are born.  We are not who we use to be we are new creations in Christ.  This allows for society to change to transform into a society that honors God and His ways.  A society that allows for righteousness and holiness that sees real value in people and especially the young, old and weak.   They are the ones most hurt by the change but soon it wont be just them it will be all the rest.  The insipidness that is the sexualization of our society will not stop till it kills off our society once and for all.  Remember what God said that all sin leads to death.

Well this is a long post.  I do hope someone reads it.  It is a rant and I am sure it was not well written.  I may edit it later.  As for now I am tired and have other things to do.   Thanks for the time to read it.