The Miley Epidemic

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I cannot help but reply to the flurry of words hurled into cyberspace and social media airwaves, if you will, about Miley Cyrus’ risqué performance at the MTV VMA Awards.  I want to shout…

“WHAT DO YOU EXPECT!?!”

We live in a culture where nearly everything is hyper-sexualized.  We allow our daughters to wear shorts that should be known as denim underwear and watch music videos on MTV that are extremely sexual in nature.  We have an ever-growing problem in the United States where our daughters are being lured into sexual exploitation, while the majority of Americans decide to ignore this epidemic of sex trafficking (exempting those who are actually ignorant of this issue).

We take our daughters to places like Victoria’s Secret for their underwear…why?  Our boys are plagued with images of half naked women nearly all their lives and we have millions addicted to pornography.  We have a thriving billion dollar strip club/ and pornography industry that is visited by Christians and non alike…

So please, do not let this heartbreaking performance of a moment pass you by.  Instead of posting nasty words about Miley (all the while ignoring the married man on the stage), do something about it.  What can you do?  Stop shopping at places where they forgot to sew on the rest of the material on that skirt or pair of shorts.  Stop buying into the lie that our kids “need to experience” things in life that they have no business “experiencing” until they are in the right situation and it is a good experience.  Stop watching porn, stop visiting strip clubs and for crying out loud gain a little compassion for those trapped in it.

Talk to your kids, give them some boundaries, let them know they are made in the image of God and their bodies have great value…and not for the lust of another.

During a recent outreach to exploited women, my heart was broken to hear in their voices and experiences the hypocrites they have encountered.  These women have been visited by the very same people shouting about this Miley situation…people of faith, people in prominent positions, the average parent, and so on.  When have we become a society that embraces the devaluing of another human being?  Why are we spouting jargon from one side of our mouths and acting another way in secret?  Should we be outraged?  Yes, but we should be outraged by all of it.  Our words and our actions have weight and the world is paying attention…and more importantly, so are our children.

Awakening the Heart of the Warrior

She is someone’s daughter, sister, and niece.  She is someone who needs a warrior.

It is said that in the United States every 30 seconds a young woman becomes a victim of sex trafficking, it is estimated that 100,000-300,000 minors are at risk every year.  The average age for entry into sexual exploitation is 12 years old.  Trafficked victims are forced into prostitution, escort services, pornography, strip clubs and more.  Prostituted women and children are forced to make hundreds of dollars each night to fill quotas set by their traffickers and pimps.

When a young woman is brought into the sex trade she is often forced to watch pornography and is often forced to participate in the making of pornographic materials such as movies and photographs.  “…Pornographers, like other pimps, learn how to exploit economic and psychological vulnerabilities to coerce them to get into and stay in the sex industry.  Other times they threaten or use alcohol and drugs to induce compliance…”    www.covenanteyes.com

She is someone’s daughter, sister, niece who has often been manipulated because of her vulnerability, threatened by violence, controlled by the choice of her pimp or trafficker.  She is not there by choice.

To effectively fight sex trafficking and exploitation we need men of valor to awaken the warrior heart within themselves, within each man, the heart that was created by God to stand up and become protectors of the vulnerable.  She is someone who needs a warrior to value her life, to honor her with his actions, to stand and speak for her freedom.

A covenant warrior’s promise:

*Pledge to value all women, regardless of background and history
*Pledge to teach sons, nephews and those who look up to you how to value women and protect them
*Have accountability outlets (for internet, etc.) set up for men of all ages in your home
*Sow financially into organizations who are reaching out to victims, rescuing and restoring victims
*Find ways to bring public awareness to what is happening to the daughters of America.

They need warriors…they need you.  Take the pledge.

A Heart for the Daughters

Reading the news about oppressive circumstances happening somewhere else in the world is one thing and going to see the oppression is quite another.  Recently returning from a nation where so many things are exalted except one very important thing…human life.  The life of a girl…to be more specific.  Asia is filled with crimes against women, including sex trafficking, exploitation, gendercide, caste systems, child brides, parents selling their own children…not for food, mind you, but for TV’s and the thirst for money.  Poverty and lack of education certainly plays a role in this oppression, but you see it isn’t just the poor children who go missing in India…it’s the daughters of the wealthy too.  There are approximately 27 million people enslaved in the world today…that is more than at any other point in history.  There are more educated people in the world today than ever and yet slavery is still at an all time high.  That is because it is the matter of the heart, a problem within the heart of man to enslave another.   To exploit girls for sexual gratification (or anyone for that matter), to wail in despair because you have given birth to a daughter instead of a son, to oppress women daily is all a matter of the heart (in addition to evil).  As the Bible says…“out of the abundance of the heart…”

A few facts for India:
*15-20 children go missing daily in Delhi alone.
*According to BBC News in 2011 alone there were more than 24,000 reported cases of rape in India….Delhi is the rape capital.
*According to the BBC News the trafficking of women and children has RISEN 122% over the previous year

Education or the throwing of money at a centuries old problem will not solve it…only the passionate, furious, jealous love of Christ will.  You see, only the blood of Christ can cover sins so great, heal the broken souls and free the millions held captive.   Only God can change a matter of the heart, especially one so entrenched.

A nation is at an all time low when the worst sentence to be uttered is…“it’s a girl.”

Yet, in a dark moment the knowledge and witness of God’s passion for the abandoned, enslaved, the destitute, the captive has wrecked not only every preconceived notion I had of God, but has also captivated my heart.  His love is beyond anything we can comprehend.  That in a human being’s darkest moment He reaches out from Heaven and rescues His daughters and sons.  Phew…..takes my breath away.  God, give us a heart for your daughters.photo

Oh India…

“No longer will they call you deserted or name your land desolate.  But you will be called Hephzibah (means ‘my delight is in her’), and your land Beulah (means ‘married’); for the Lord will take delight in you, and your land will be married.”  Isaiah 62:3-5

I was privileged to work with a ministry that is working hard to save girl children from horrible fates, educate and empower women and work to heal the broken hearts with the love of Christ.  For more information on how you can help email forsuchatimeministries@gmail.com

*Facts taken from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20863860