I’m back after being in Michigan for the wedding of my friends. It was a beautiful wedding and a wonderful weekend; too short though! After watching the wedding ceremony I’ve been thinking about marriage alot lately. I’ve been thinking about what marriage actually is; what it symbolizes and what its purpose is.
So today after browsing the blog world I came across this video called The Candy Shop. The video was made by a group of people in Atlanta with the purpose to spread awareness and create action concerning child sex trafficking. Atlanta is the #1 city in the U.S. for child sex trafficking and #10 in the world. I know its a big problem in my home state of Oklahoma as well. So Whitestone Motion Pictures teamed up with the organization Street Grace, and with 12Stone Church to make this video parable. I want to say that the VIDEO IS NOT GRAPHIC. It is a parable and while the content matter can be graphic the video itself is safe for all ages to watch.
After seeing this I thought about the differences between child sex trafficking, pornography, and marriage. The former is about selfishly satisfying one’s one desires at the cost of another. It’s about buying the lie that my own life is most important. It cares not for others and it often damages the most frail of us all: children. It steals their innocence and destroys any trust they have for others. It ruins their lives.
Marriage is the opposite of this. It’s about sacrificing your own wants and desires for the welfare and good of another. Its about providing for another, often times at your expense. Its about trusting in the most vulnerable of situations. Instead of taking from another it says, “My life is now yours and will be until we part through death. My life is no longer my own”.
We should pray for those involved in child sex trafficking and pornography. We should pray for both the children involved and the offenders; both are in desperate need of help. We need to cease to believe the lies that sexual addictions speak and humbly and constantly implore God for His grace and help.
The last thing I thought of, and want to mention to you, is how God must feel about this. Anyone of us who has a daughter, sister, or any female friend that we love knows how angry we can get when someone mistreats and abuses them. Why do we so often forget that God feels this way more than we ever could. These are His daughters, His creation that He lovingly adores. And those men who do these vile things are His creation also, and He desires that they love and protect His daughters, as He does. I cannot begin to understand the intense heartbreak and anger He must feel at this. Its a very scary thought to consider.
Tomorrow (I hope) I’ll have a much cheerier post about marriage. Good night y’all!