Today, the sin of sexual abuse is still prevalent in both the US and abroad. This is most clearly seen in the prevalence of global sex trafficking. Here are just a handful of the disturbing stats on the global sex trafficking crisis, according to International Crisis Aid:
- According to University of Pennsylvania, an estimated 300,000 youth in the US are at risk of being sexually exploited for commercial purposes
- The CIA estimates that 45,000 to 50,000 young girls are trafficked into the USA each year
- One in 12 youth experience sexual victimization, including sexual assault and attempted or completed rape
- 1.2 million children are trafficked every year globally, this in addition to the millions already held captive
- The average age of a trafficked child is 12 to 14 years old
- The total market value of illicit human trafficking is estimated to be in excess of $32 billion
Statistics like this should make you very angry, and the Bible is clear that they make God very angry. It’s only by God’s grace and his promise to Noah not to do so that we aren’t wiped out by yet another flood.
Inherent in the story of the Flood is a story of redemption. Rather than wipe out all of humanity, as God would have justly had the right to do, he chose to preserve his creation through Noah and his family.
Mankind is still wicked to the core. Unspeakable acts are still committed globally. Sin is still prevalent. God is still grieved. Thankfully, we have the opportunity for salvation through Jesus’ work on the Cross and his resurrection, and for the world to be redeemed and ultimately restored to the point where God can say about creation, as he did in Genesis 1, that it is good.
The Bible is clear that it is only Jesus who changes the hearts of men. And it is only through Jesus that this broken and sin-soaked world will be changed and redeemed. Jesus is the hope of the world.
This lead’s me to the video for this week about a man named Jacob. “Jacob’s Story” is a mini-documentary about a man that once made his living by trafficking women & children for the purposes of commercial sex.
Jacob worked as a trafficker for a crime syndicate in Johannesburg South Africa. In this film, he speaks openly about his work as a brothel manager and he explains how syndicates all over the world operate as they exploit the weak and powerless. Most importantly, you’ll hear about the life transformation that’s taken place in Jacob’s life.
From trafficker to rescuer. Only in the Kingdom of God.
Jacob is living proof that when the Gospel changes the hearts of men; everything changes.
Since the announcement of Pastor John Piper’s newest book, Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian, I have been so extremely excited (it is now available).
In the last century Americans have been turning to organizations, education, famous personalities, and ultimately government in an effort to address the on-going racial strife in our nation. In 2008 many hoped that the election of an African-American president would finally bridge this ongoing racial divide. Today, we are left wondering why racial tensions have not abated. Bloodlines is a prime example of how we Christians are to do the hard work of renewing our minds by replacing old ways of thinking with gospel ways of thinking.
In order to gain a little further insight earlier this year Crossway traveled with Pastor John to his hometown of Greenville, SC to revisit the world in which he grew up. This 18-minute documentary takes us through his experience of racism in the 1960’s American South.
I would love to know your thoughts…
Once again I was invited to fill the pulpit for Pastor Robert Terry (Church planter, barber, philanthropist, ect.) at PeaceMakers Bible Fellowship, a church plant in Shawnee Mission, KS. I was both honored and overjoyed to be invited back to speak there and pray that this word that God gave me is as powerful in your life as it is in mine. Like I said last time I spoke of this church, if you live in Shawnee Mission and you are looking for a church, check out PeaceMakers Bible Fellowship which meets at Hocker Grove Middle school (10400 Johnson Dr. Shawnee Mission, KS). I hope you enjoy both the audio and video below.
**I know that I did not post last week but hopefully after listening to or watching this you will understand.**
This past Sunday morning I had the opportunity to fill in the pulpit for Pastor Robert Terry (Church planter, barber, philanthropist, ect.) at PeaceMakers Bible Fellowship, a church plant in Shawnee Mission, KS. Needless to say that I was both happy to be invited to speak there and at the same time encouraged by the presence of those who came. If you live in Shawnee Mission and you are looking for a church, check out PeaceMakers Bible Fellowship which meets at Hocker Grove Middle school (10400 Johnson Dr. Shawnee Mission, KS). I hope you enjoy both the audio and video below.