Mar 28, 2011

Slavery Still Exists

During America's Civil War, Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery; yet, there are more slaves in this country TODAY than ever before. Most of them can slip by in society as prostitutes or hired hands, but they are surviving without the possession of their own lives. The most common form of slavery is found in "sex trafficking" or "sex slaves." Women, as young as FIVE years old, are sold by their parents into this industry every day. Sometimes, the parents think they're sending their daughter to a school or to work, but they never see her again. Within hours, she's living the life of an indentured prostitute - trying to pay a debt that will never run dry. It's horrifying, vile, and utterly senseless, but it's the face of our fallen world today. In Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Dallas, Atlanta, New Orleans. . . in just about every city in our "free" nation, there are girls without a voice. Knowing these things doesn't really do anything to change them, though, does it? What's being done? Well, legally, a lot of the "pimps" that deal these girls like playing cards have the kind of legal help to get off almost scratch-free from prison time or even a trial. A lot of places don't even have a crime sentence listed for this kind of criminal act. Right now, very little is being done to address this issue. But, honestly, has "addressing the issue" ever been the Christian way? In Christianity, we don't look at the numbers and find a way to tax illegal actions, or some such thing, we LOVE the hurt out of the broken. With love, nothing can stop us. Not ignorance, lawlessness, or vile intentions. With the love of Christ at our side, we can do anything that God puts before us to do. As a good friend of mine likes to say, "If it shall be, it is so." We, at our age, in our own ways, where we live, can help the efforts of ending this atrocity. If nothing else, we could just love our neighbors as ourselves. If everyone did that, we wouldn't be talking about slavery; there'd be no little girls in the world, wondering what life they'll be living tomorrow. After all, Jesus said to "love one another." Love, in itself, can be the greatest prevention of pain. Build upon it, and nothing on this broken earth can stop you.

Mar 23, 2011

2011's Forget, Forget Not

Things to Forget:

  • What people say about you, just before they are proven wrong by your actions.

  • "Big girls/boys don't cry."

  • The title of that junk-movie you saw previews about.

  • How to return to your old ways of life, before Christ.

  • The words of yelling coaches.

  • Prejudices and stereotypes of someone you're meeting for the first time.

  • The Theory of Evolution. (I was not bred from monkeys!)

  • Profane conversations you overhear in the halls of a high school.

Things to Remember:

  • Scriptures that you keep in your heart for the tough times

  • Where you've been, and how far you've come.

  • To love other people unconditionally, forgiving them endless times.

  • Homework that shoud've been done. . . YESTERDAY.

  • You are not your own, but were bought at a steep price- the death of God himself.

  • God spent 6 days creating the universe, but 9 months creating YOU.

  • Our parents were once our age, though in a much different world.

  • To write your name on big tests, like finals.

  • Songs to "get stuck in your head" at will when a not-so-good one pops into your mind.

  • Genesis 1:1

  • John 15:18

  • Psalm 23

  • Hebrews 11:40

  • Phillipians 1:3

  • 1 Timothy 4:12

Mar 5, 2011

Always Forever. . .?

You are the love I need
You are the air I breathe
You are my love, my life always forever
And I would lay down my life just to be by Your side
You are my love, my life always forever. . .

This is a song by Phil Wickham, and it was first introduced to me about two years ago at a youth retreat with my youth group. It's really been on my heart lately, and I have just been thinking about the lyrics, along with the meaning behind them.

God is the love I need, and He is the air I breathe, but is He my love, and my life, always forever? And would I really lay down my life, just to be by His side? Those are some of the questions that have come along while I have been thinking about this song. As much as I'd like to say "yes" to those questions, I honestly don't think I can. I mean, I always have some other love in my life distracting me from Him. Whether it be a crush, a friend, or some other item in my life, I'm always being pulled away. It's a bit of an eye-opener, really, to think about that. It's amazing to think about how much that I have to let go of, and surrender to Him, everyday of my life.

Would I lay down my life just to be by God's side? I'm not sure if I would, and I've been working on that, praying about it asking God to change my heart, to change ME. A girl, a victim, of the Columbine shooting did. I think about how much respect, and gratitue that I have for her for answering "Yes" to the question, "Do you believe in God?" while having a gun pointed to her forehead, knowing if she answered that one word she'd be killed. That just simply amazes me, and I simply cannot wait to meet her in heaven.

I'm hoping that maybe you'll look up that song somewhere, and really meditate over the lyrics. Maybe God can change your heart if you're thinking the same thing, that you can't answer "yes" to those questions. I certainly hope that He will change mine, because I know I need it.