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A group of psychiatrists and mental health officials called B4U-Act have called for the de-stigmatizing of what they call “minor-attracted” individuals. That is pedophilia. They feel that “minor-attracted” individuals (perverts) are misunderstood and should not be criminalized. They should be encouraged to seek help. This group is also going so far as to compare pedophilia with homosexuality.
I agree these people should be encouraged to seek help before they hurt others, but I also don’t think we should downplay the act. By giving a cozy name to a horrific act, we make it sound almost normal. There’s nothing normal about wanting to be with a child anymore than it is normal to want to sleep with your sister or have sex with an animal. By sugar-coating the act, we make it less likely these predators will take responsibility and seek help. And if you don’t take responsibility for your urges before they affect others in this world, you’ll have no choice but to take responsibility in the next one.
Galatians 6:5 reads, For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
Nothing makes me angrier than people trying to make something as offensive and sinful as harming children into the “norm”. Society has given too much leeway to sexual deviants and it’s time we said stop. Pedophilia is not normal and should never be treated as such.
And if you’re a homosexual, you should be angrier than I am. After all, most pedophiles are heterosexual, and this group is trying to hitch to the “gay” bandwagon in order to be recognized as normal. This is one cause both Christians and homosexuals should agree upon. Renaming such a danger act into something “nicer” is not something either group should tolerate.
I took my youngest to college the other day. I was fine until I got about an hour away. A voice inside me started saying you left Jessica behind. She’s too young to be out there in the world by herself. It took a lot of power not to turn that car around and go get her.
Letting go is not an easy thing to do, whether it be our children or our lifestyle. We get comfortable going to the bar and seeing our old friends. Or hanging out with that woman who’s foul mouth we’re used to. But if we want to change and move forward with God, sometimes we have to leave our old life behind.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
When you turn to God, you turn from your old ways and want to walk in His ways. That might mean turning away from old friends or going in a new direction with your life.
Change can be scary. However, if it’s God’s plan, He’ll help you through. And no matter what or where the journey might take you, God is always with you.
Going through a hard time? Maybe you’ve lost your job or a loved one. Do you sometimes feel alone, like no one is there for you, not even God? Have you turned your back on God, thinking what you’ve done in the past would cause him to never forgive you?
There are days, even months like that, but don’t despair. God has never left you. Even if you’ve turned your back on Him, He’s there with you. Turn around, He’s got his arms wide open, waiting for you to return.
Verse Deuteronomy 31:6 reads, Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Isn’t it good to know God is with you at all times, during the good and bad.
No matter how rough a time you’re going through, whether it be financial, physical, or emotional, God’s arms are always open, wanting to hold you when you’re struggling. And if you’ve run from God, just stop and look behind you. He’s been there with you the entire time. He just doesn’t shout about it. He waits for you to decide to come back.
So run to His arms. Trust me, they’re open, waiting for your return.
I caught part of an Oprah Winfrey show the other day which featured supermodels of the past. The one thing that struck me as strange was they all said looks didn’t matter to them so much anymore. If that were true, they wouldn’t have had so much work done on themselves. I didn’t even recognize Christie Brinkley.
Advertisers will tell you that to get a man, you need to be young, beautiful, and thin as a rail. That might be true for some guys, but men prefer real women.
1 Samuel 16 says, But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” In God’s eyes, everyone is beautiful. And you don’t need to have a face lift, lip injections, or implants to have him love you. He sees your true beauty – it’s on the inside.
Women need to realize, the outer body is just a shell God gave you to keep your insides from falling out. Some are lumpy, some fluffy, and others thin. Our outer looks is what makes us all different. Who wants to live in a world where we all have perfect white teeth, are a size 0, with a size 38C chest? Only people in Hollywood.
God loves you for who you are, not what you look like. Our culture has gotten carried away with looks to the point where people are dying to be thin. It’s time we said enough is enough. We want real people in our movies, on our television, and in our magazine ads. It’s time for us to shout to God, “Show us what someone looks like through your eyes.”
David Silverman, President of the American Atheists is trying to keep two metal beams pulled from the rubbish of the World Trade Center from being used at the memorial. Why? Because they fused together in the shape of a cross. How do we, as Christians, fight such hatred? With prayer.
Matthew 5:44-45 reads, But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.
If every Christian in this country prayed for David Silverman, can you imagine the possibilities? His heart might change. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see an organization that is so “anti-Jesus” fall apart because their President no longer hated Christians. Or better yet, if he found God himself.
A lot of famous Christians are real good at pointing fingers and complaining about non-Christians. I can’t help but wonder what the outcome would be if instead of pointing, they prayed for these non-Christians. I believe a lot of things can be fixed in this country if Christians would just pray for people to turn their hearts. I know I’m praying for David Silverman. Who will you be praying for? Please let me know. I’ll be more than happy to join you.