The Single Wrapped Cursing and Blessing

sweet_sourSweet and Sour or bitter and sweet, some polar opposites of life are single wrapped and served for your pleasure.  Too much of one ruins the other, but without the correct mix you are left with something that is bland and tasteless.

If a glass of lemonade was all lemon and no sugar, it would be much too sour.  If it was just a squeeze of lemon and two cups of sugar, it would be far too sweet.  The same is true with life in general:  You need to get the right blend or you’ll be mixed up but not balanced.

How balanced is your life when it comes to technology?  I’m a news-hound, so I watch it on TV, and read it on the internet, and I enjoy watching sports on TV.  I also have a Kindle Fire, and download books to it for reading.  But, it’s possible to spend too much time with technological gadgets and too little time with God.

A disciplined life is an essential.  Peter said that a person should “be disciplined and stay on guard. Your enemy the devil is prowling around outside like a roaring lion, just waiting and hoping for the chance to devour someone (I Peter 5).”

Is your life balanced or have you left the door open to roaring lion?  Are listening more to Hollywood or the Holy Word?  In your life, which of the two is the powerless microphone or a powerful megaphone?

While this is an important question for adults, it is even more serious when it comes to our children.  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that there should be no screens in kids rooms, including televisions, video games, and mobile devices; and no screen time for children under 2 years of age.

  • The AAP has reported that the average 8 to 10 year old spends nearly 8 hours a day using media and teens spend more than 11 hours a day.
  • The Pew Research Internet Report reports that 78% of teens have a handheld device and 97% use the internet.

This can be good, but it can also be bad.  I think there is a correlation between some societal problems and the proliferation of technology.  Focus on the Family has reported that the average at which a child is introduced to pornography has dropped to 8 years old.caged_lion_1397649c

Sweet and sour or bitter and sweet—is your life full of the enticing, the entertaining, or the educational.  Who is controlling the gateway to the eyes and ears of your family?  Is the roaring lion in the cage or is he running loose?

The Ugly Side of Humanity

Most every one of us know a little something about Abraham Lincoln.  We know he was our 16th president; he was assassinated; and, he opposed slavery.

A person who you may not know as much about is William Wilberforce.  This British politician was every bit as dedicated to eliminating slavery as was Lincoln.

People generally associate the end of slavery with Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation that he issued on January 1, 1863.  The proclamation declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.”

While that form of slavery has ended within the territories of the United States, another form of this evil, sex trafficking,  has reared its ugly head.   The following quote will shed some light on this dark and ugly side of humanity:  Regardless of nationality, victims are systematically stripped of their identity, battered into gruesome submission and made to perform humiliating sexual acts with up to 40 strangers every night.  Held against their will, most are forced to take illegal drugs and are kept under constant surveillance.  On average, victims are thrown into such ghastly oppression at age 13 (Benjamin Nolot, Nefarious).

Let me share a few statistics with you:

  • There are 27 million enslaved people around the world.
  • Human trafficking is a 32 billion dollar a year industry
  • 80% of the trafficking victims are women and children who have been forced into the commercial sex trade
  • In the United States, the average age of entry into commercial sex slavery is 13.

It is one thing to be ignorant of this atrocity and do nothing.  It is something altogether different to have knowledge of this form of exploitation and then do nothing.

Now that you know, what will you do?  I encourage you to read what Sweden and Israel are doing to address this horrible crime against humanity (click here).  After reading the article, please contact your legislator and ask him to support any legislation that is similar to that which has been enacted in Sweden and Israel.

Get your feet off the floor because I am about to step on them.  Any time any one watches any form of pornography, that person is supporting and helping to fund this ugly side of humanity.

Here is a thought to keep you thinking.  What if it your daughter or granddaughter was forced into sexual slavery?  What would you do then?