Some things in life look fun and harmless when in reality they are not. It’s like Aesop’s fable, The Wolf in sheep’s clothing. The wolf is hungry and can’t get to the sheep without being detected. He finds a sheep skin and wraps it around himself as a disguise so he can get close enough to snag a poor helpless lamb for his supper.
In the world today we have some amazing things that people a century ago could not even imagine. We have freedoms and advantages that give us the liberty to explore like never before. The problem is that some people have backed away from the faith of their forefathers. Without faith and a relationship with God, they are not as discerning as they could be with God in their lives. Therefore, the wolf is never far away. He is waiting for us to stumble into his snare so he can drag us away and inflict multiply layers of damage. This damage not only affects us emotionally, physically and financially, but also leaves a trail of devastation all around us and for future generations to come.
I guess I am writing this because I see many disturbing changes in our society mostly because people have turned their back on God and have become more and more hateful and violent. People are seeking a fix or a violent encounter to quench a thirst that will not be satisfied, therefore making the need greater and the encounters more often and more extreme. Many participate in or view this violence and extreme behavior in seconds on the internet, in movies or on their cell phones. Things we use to think twice about because we had to confront someone to view it or say in public, is now hidden behind our devices making it easier to be mean and enticed into violence. How sad is that?
I have to say, I am very unhappy that children and women are being seen as objects and treated with disrespect and violence. I am also very upset that some women participate in these practices. I believe that tells men that all women enjoy it and want it. Not true! Nor do our little girls deserve it. The wolf has arrived and he is eating his way through our homes, schools, and communities with an appetite no one can comprehend. So I ask, ”where is the end of the cliff?” How many lives will lie at the bottom before people heed the warning?
· Drug abuse kills about 200,000 people worldwide each year, according to a new United Nations report
· Harmful use of alcohol results in the death of 2.5 million people annually
· 320,000 young people aged 15 – 19 die annually from alcohol-related causes
· More than 4 million women experience physical assault and rape by their partners every year.
· Children who live in homes where there is domestic violence also suffer abuse or neglect at higher rates 30% to 60%
· Every six minutes in the U.S. a women is raped.
· One in four college men admit to the use of sexual aggression with women.
· Statistics show that upwards of 75% of date rapes involve alcohol or other drugs.
· Every year 800,000 people are illegally trafficked against their will. 50% are children sold into sexual slavery and chained to beds of horror. U.S. State Department
I Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
It’s hard to read these statistics and not be emotionally impacted by the suffering of so many. What started out for some as an experiment with harmless fun ended up devouring them. Some of those victims became wolves themselves continuing the devastation on the innocent. Heartbreaking! People need to know of God’s love and of Jesus’ sacrifice. Children need to be taught how to avoid the dangers in this world and how to protect themselves. As Christians we need to throw out the life line and help the hurting and broken. We need to be the hands and feet of God.
James 4:17 Anyone then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it sins.
Not an easy blog to write or read but once we know these things we can’t ignore them. I pray for abused and neglected people all the time. I don’t know who they are but God does. There are people answering his call to rescue and help those in need but when will more respond?
I would suggest that we pray like never before and get into the Bible and let God guide us into some form of reclaiming action.
Matthew 25:40 The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
“Unless a man becomes the enemy of an evil, he will not even become its slave but rather its champion. God Himself will not help us to ignore evil, but only to defy and to defeat it.” G.K. Chesterton
May God Bless and protect you and your family.
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This is a wonderful organization I have worked with: Women at Risk International (W.A.R. Intl.) http://warinternational.org/get-involved/
Another wonderful program I know: Celebrate Recovery http://www.celebraterecovery.com/
Who is Sally? I have been very happily married for 31 years and we have four grown children and 7 grandchildren.