I cannot end this series without mentioning the new movie ‘The Sound of Freedom’ which brings to light the epidemic of child sex trafficking. The movie depicts actor Jim Caviezel playing Tim Ballard, a former special agent with the Department of Homeland Security, and the true story of his efforts to rescue children from this evil.
I had two very different emotional experiences as I watched the movie twice. My sister who had seen the movie earlier on July 3rd, warned me to take lots of tissue and be prepared to cry, but instead, I found myself red-hot mad, angered at the wickedness of adults directed at innocent children. On my second viewing, however, unlike the first time, I found myself saddened and spent much of the nearly two hours weeping.
I have listened to at least 15 hours of interviews with Tim Ballard, Jim Caviezel, and the movie’s producer Eduardo Verástegui, and once again found myself emotionally ripped apart. But the question is why did a true story about two children being sexually abused cause such emotional upheaval…not only in me but in the vast majority of those who saw the movie? The answer is simple. The natural act of sex which God created good, wholesome, holy, and even beautiful is being corrupted by man’s sin nature! In other words, sex is not just a natural feel-good between two consenting humans that evolved over millions of years! On the contrary, it is a sacred act, created by a holy God with sovereign specific purposes!!! So…what was in the mind of God when creating the beauty of human sexuality? At least three things:
1.One flesh (Gen2:24). To provide the highest form of union between a man and a woman (Eph5:20-31)…called marriage!
2.To form the family, the foundation of all human interaction(Gen2:18; Gen4:1,2,17-22)
3.To perpetuate Godly offspring (Gen1:26; Mal2:15) in the earth
I would like to highlight one more place of the violence of sexual perversion: the sexualization of children. While the horror of trafficking children is beyond our wildest imagination of evil, we have willfully allowed Satan to blind us to the future consequences of the present sexualization of children!
For example, it is not hard to see the monstrous evil of children being enslaved by adult sexual perverts. However, all too often, those who are horrified at this evil--for both political purposes and self-preservation--ignore two critical questions:
1.How did these adults become sexual perverts?
2.What is the future of the kids who have been sexually abused?
1.First, were these adult sex perverts simply born sexual monsters? The answer is absolutely not! The contemporary adult sexual perverts were warped by past adult sexual perverts who abused them in their childhood!!! However, it is critical to note that sexual abuse does not ‘only’ occur through adult sexual contact with a child, but most often begins with broken marriages and families!!! Furthermore, it all too often begins and matures with pornography!!
What liberalism misunderstands is the nature of sin, which the Bible compares to leaven(Gal5:9; 1Cor5:6-8). In other words, when sin is conceived it grows and matures and fills a human life!!!
Moreover, when I hear people make the asinine argument that when you become an adult you can do what you want, by which they mean adults can look at pornography, commit adultery, fornication, live as homosexuals and transgenders…simply because they are adults—I cringe!!! Why? It’s really very simple! Children are not abusing children---adults are abusing children!!! How is it rational for an adult to view pornography, including child pornography---simply because he is free—while assuming because he is an adult---he can ‘handle’ it?!?! This demonic logic (1Tim4:1) literally assumes ‘age’ empowers one to handle his sexual urges!!!
But…but…but…the very existence of sex trafficking (child or adult) refutes this preposterous notion!! I repeat it is not children who are abusing children….BUT the adults who are abusing children!!! Obviously, an adult cannot handle his own sexual urges—which have been ignited by participating in sexual sins!!
When God’s word is either ignored or rejected—all evil becomes possible!!
“Then watch out that the light in you is not darkness.” -Lu11:35 NAS
“Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body;
but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good
2.Second, what is the future of the tens of millions of kids who are now being sexually abused by adults? Sadly, children who have been violated by adult sexual perverts just don’t walk away unscathed upon their freedom!! The one thing the Sound of Freedom could not capture is the experiences/images in the minds of the children who survived their sexual abuse!!! Horrifically, the images of any kind of sexual abuse can last a lifetime in the minds of the victims… especially the sexual abuse of pornography!!! To think that either the images or experiences will not affect the behavior of the victims later in life…is totally naïve!
In short, because of the violence inherent to sexual perversion, only repentance and forgiveness through the cross of Christ can deliver both the guilty perverted adults, as well as the millions of children who have been so tragically sexually assaulted!!
The Church must lead the way prayerfully, politically, and individually in both stopping the evil of human trafficking and in healing those whose lives have been physically and emotionally devastated!!!!
Through the promises of God:
i.to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18)
ii….to heal our land (2 Chron 7:14)
iii.And to take this gospel to the world (Mk16:15)
We must possess the victory!!!! For…“the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church” (Mat16:18)!!!!
One customer, well taken care of, could be more valuable than $10,000 worth of advertising. -Jim Rohn
Over the past 6 tidbits, I wrote of the violence that sexual perversion perpetrates upon the physical body. However, because the wages of sin is death (Rom3:23), sin not only devastates the body but also wreaks havoc upon the soul. One part of the soul where sin works its horrors is the emotions which today is more popularly referred as mental health.