When the names of Jerry Sandusky, Jeffrey Epstein, Theodore McCarrick or Larry Nassar are mentioned, what comes to mind? What feelings do those names evoke?
Terrible abuses of children have taken place within the walls of the church, on a university campus, in a doctor’s office, in Hollywood, on a Caribbean island.
Unfortunately, abuses against children have not been limited to just those places or only while in the presence of those specific men. Every day across our land, thousands of children are harmed physically, emotionally and sexually by adults – by both men and women. Abuses perpetrated against the most innocent and defenseless among us. A horrific travesty. A war against children.
It is easy to become disheartened when hearing disturbing news stories day in and day out… Sex trafficking, Abortion, Pedophilia, Abuse, Neglect, Violence. How did we get here? How has our society fallen to such lows? Why are there such assaults against children? Is this a culture of violence and of death?
We know that mankind is fallen and that every generation has been sinful. There are though some obvious differences between the past and where we are now. Violence is widespread. Sin is openly flaunted and paraded. All over the media. On television. On the internet. Women are objectified. Men are presented as helpless fools. The family unit has broken down. Women “shout their abortions.” According to polls, euthanasia is acceptable to most Americans. Life has been devalued.
Yet, we are desensitized to much of it. Something is wrong. Terribly wrong.
Is there still hope? Is it possible to right these wrongs? At the mention of the names listed above, most of us responded appropriately with disgust and anger. And rightly so. That is a sign of hope. A sign that not all is lost. A sign that there are plenty of us who still value life, who still know right from wrong, who will still fight against injustices.
Life is good. It matters. All lives matter. We must view each person’s life as valuable. We have a responsibility to protect and defend life, especially of those who are the weakest and most innocent.
God places a high value on life. “Thou shall not kill” is one of the Ten Commandments, along with commandments for how to treat others. The Bible teaches that we were created in God’s image and for a purpose. We learn that God values our lives so much that He went above and beyond to save us from ourselves, from sin. He did so by sacrificing the life of His precious Son. That’s how much He values life. That’s how much He values us.
Let’s be champions for life. Let’s value life. Let’s protect and defend our children, the most innocent and defenseless among us. Let’s help children to find safety in their homes, in their schools, in their churches, in their mother’s wombs. Let’s not allow injustices to harm or destroy them. Let’s be active in embracing our God-given responsibility to care for them.
Hope nugget: An argument started among them [the disciples] as to which of them might be the greatest. But Jesus, knowing what they were thinking in their heart, took a child and stood him by His side, and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great.” (Luke 9: 46-48)