In today’s world some people think it is appropriate to convince children that they can change genders – even at very young ages. Others, like Planned Parenthood, are offering abortions to children as young as 13 and sponsoring a sex-ed Summer Camp in Mankato, Minnesota. In this camp they teach that, comprehensive sex education teaches that children “can have any kind of sex anywhere, anytime, with anybody, at any age, and it’s perfectly normal.”
Another way that our fallen world deals with children is by “dealing children” in child sex trafficking. The recently released movie “Sound Of Freedom” takes a hard-hitting look at this terrible evil. “It’s based on the true story of Tim Ballard, the former Department of Homeland Security special agent who has devoted himself to fighting child sex trafficking, and who took his crusade private when he founded Operation Underground Railroad.”
In great contrast to these examples, we are instructed in God’s Holy Word how God intended for us to treat, raise and love the children entrusted to us. “People were bringing little children to Jesus to have Him touch them…He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ And He took the children in His arms, put His hands on them and blessed them.” -Mark 10:13-16 The Bible has a lot to say about treating, raising and loving children.
The world uses children, abuses children and puts their hands on them, not to bless, but to ruin, use and destroy them. As a child of God yourself, as a godly parent, teacher or church leader, these reports are sickening and devastating. This is why we must take action – all of us getting involved in the way that God calls us. This starts with training our own children to be aware and to avoid falling into traps that have been set; Supporting groups and ministries like Operation Underground Railroad and others; Encouraging your church to establish training of its own to make parents and children aware of the world’s ways of destroying them and their families. In “Sound of Freedom” “we’ve glimpsed the heart of darkness. We’ve seen something about our world that makes the desire to ‘take action’ seem more than an action-movie gesture.”
We must choose between the curses of the world and the blessings of God and which we will serve. “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him. For the Lord is your life, and He will give you many years in the land He swore to you.” Deuteronomy 30: 19-20.
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