Lately, I cannot get this concept out of my mind! It hit me a few weeks ago, and although it might come off a little harsh, I feel as if I need to voice it. I was sitting in a conference room with hundreds of parents about to send our family members on a year long mission trip. As I sat there, they showed a video about rescuing young women out of the sex trafficking industry. My heart broke because this is going on. It is happening right now as I write this post. Someone is being violated and used as a sex slave. The worst part is that these women feel like they have no other choice! In the video they rescued a young woman that was only a prostitute because she was trying to buy a bag of rice for her child to survive every day. I wonder if these women ever really grow numb to being violated and being so intimate with people that do not love them.
This got me thinking. If there are all of these women around the world in this slave trade because of poverty or because there families placed them there, what about America? Yes, it is happening here. Sadly, this Sunday, February 1st will be one of the biggest days of sex slavery in America… the Super Bowl. It is the perfect place to trade because of the amount of people gathered. Be praying and raise awareness please. Although it is a problem here and we need to fight for these women, I have been hit with a truth that I need to share.
Look at the celebrities, the models, or walk into a high school… women of all ages that are FREE are prostituting themselves in society. We may not be making money by sleeping with paying customers, but we are dressing as if we have no value and with no respect. I know that this is not everyone, but the media and culture are saying “less on you = hotter” and “you need to be sexy!” It is ok to want to look beautiful and even (in marriage) br sexy! God created us to be in relationships and he wants us to be confident in how He made us! Here is the problem… we are having a MAJOR identity crisis in America and around the world. If we we are actually confident in who we were, we would not care if that boy in math class thought we were pretty, or if we did not wear make-up tomorrow, or even about what number it says on the scale. When our identity is placed in seeking worldly affirmation from popular clicks, social media, celebrities, boyfriends, etc. we miss the greatest blessing of all! Jesus is the ONLY one that can fulfill our emptiness inside. He is the ONLY one who died and rose for us. He created us in His image and calls us by name. We are chosen and we are His children. We are princesses and daughters of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords! When THAT is our identity, then we can be thankful and appreciate boyfriends, makeup, and even looking/feeling confident in healthy bodies. It is when we are finding ourselves enslaved in worldly things that they become idols and are bad.
The sad truth that I discovered is that women in the sex trafficking industry would gladly be in America or somewhere that they could be free from this disgrace, yet we are in a free nation and we are prostituting and enslaving ourselves to a culture where we dress immodestly and do not show respect for ourselves. Women fought hard for the right to vote in 1920, they wanted equality. How can we expect men to respect us, if we do not respect ourselves? Ladies, I challenge you to first look at your heart and examine it. Then, look at your closet, check out your social media pictures… Are you enslaving yourself to a provocative and worldly culture? If the answer is yes, then take steps to throw away clothing and delete sexy pictures. You are not of this world anymore. YOU were bought at a high price from the one that did not pay it to take advantage of you, but paid in His blood to treat you like a princess for eternity. There are new mercies EVERY morning, so let us all continue to do our best to look less like this world and more like Jesus.
Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (NIV)