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‘Where are the Christians?’

Quoting Christopher Wright:

If a piece of meat goes rotten, it’s no use blaming the meat. That’s what happens when meat is left out on its own. The question to ask is, Where is the salt?

If a house gets dark at night, it’s no use blaming the house. That’s what happens when the sun goes down. The question to ask is, Where is the light?

If society becomes more corrupt and dark, it’s no use blaming society. That’s what fallen human nature does, left unchecked and unchallenged. The question to ask is, Where are the Christians?

Where are the saints who will actually live as saints — God’s different people, God’s counterculture — in the public square? Where are those who see their mission as God’s people to live and work and witness in the marketplace, and pay the cost of doing so?  (The Mission of God’s People, p. 236)

America’s dirty little secret: Selling children for sex

John Whitehead of The Rutherford Institute writes:

Every two minutes, a child is exploited in the sex industry.

Children, young girls — some as young as 9 years old — are being bought and sold for sex in America. The average age for a young woman being sold for sex is now 13 years old.

On average, a child might be raped by 6,000 men during a five-year period of servitude.

Sex trafficking — especially when it comes to the buying and selling of young girls — has become big business in America, the fastest growing business in organized crime and the second most-lucrative commodity traded illegally after drugs and guns ….

We are all guilty of contributing to this human suffering. The traffickers are guilty. The consumers are guilty. The corrupt law enforcement officials are guilty. The women’s groups who do nothing are guilty. The foreign peacekeepers and aid workers who contribute to the demand for sex slaves are guilty. Most of all, every individual who does not raise a hue and cry over the atrocities being committed against women and children in almost every nation around the globe—including the United States—is guilty.

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the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to learn how you can help.



Who cares about equality, freedom, and justice for all?

CC DreamWorks NCMark Kelly writes at kainos about Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln:

… If the cause of equality, freedom, and justice for all in this country — in this world — is going to be advanced, do not look to the cynical nest-featherers in Washington. Instead look in the mirror. This country’s only hope is for us to step across the street, across town, across the tracks and partner with the people who have a vested interest in solving local problems with local resources. Even if top-down solutions did work, our federal government is too gridlocked, too corrupt, too mired in mindless ideology and sedimentary bureaucracy to take the bold action needed to do justice for the people.

If you care anything about equality, freedom, and justice for all, it will be up to you to forge the alliances in your community and attack the giants that oppress your neighbors. As with Lincoln’s boys in uniform — Union and Confederate — marching determined into battle, courage and self-sacrifice will win the day. When we are ready to risk everything for peace, when we decide to truly love our neighbors the way we love ourselves, we will see Almighty God move in our communities and transform lives. We will see justice “roll down like waters” – a mighty flood of justice, a river of righteous living that will never run dry. (Amos 5:24 NLT)

Jesus warned us a grain of wheat must fall into the earth and die, but promised that, in dying, it would  bear much fruit. (John 12:24) Who is willing to die to self to see God’s kingdom come, as Jesus prayed, “on earth as it is in heaven”?

You know you can’t count on posturing demagogues and their useful idiots to pay the price. The question is, are you willing?

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You might consider this excellent new book by Stephen Mansfield,Lincoln’s Battle with God: A President’s Struggle with Faith and What It Meant for America

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