Jessica Lunsford, Christopher Barrios, Shawn Hornbeck, and Ben Ownby are names of children in the news recently who have suffered at the evil hands of child predators. With the growing popularity of pornography over the internet promoting unnatural behavior, our precious children have fallen victim to man’s wicked desires.
Sex tourism has also been on the increase with Americans making up a large number of these perverts. According to the Report from the U.S. Mid-Term Review on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in America, these people have the crazy idea in their heads that it’s okay to sexually abuse poor children from other countries especially since they are of a different race, ethnic group, religion, or socio-economic group than them (p. 24 of the report). Many of the perverts have gone so far as to have their victims brought here to the U.S. to have their way with them. One of the hot spots for this behavior is Las Vegas.
There is no question that children have become victims because it is difficult for them to defend themselves against adults. Fortunately, there are organizations like Shared Hope International that are working with the U.S. government and other governments worldwide to stem the tide of child sexual exploitation. However, there is only so much these organizations can do. Children are often vulnerable because so many parents nowadays are preoccupied with other things besides raising their children. I guess they see children as an unnecessary burden, which is unfortunate.
Children can be a handful and can try our patience, but we need to remind ourselves often that they are a heritage from the Lord and are his reward (Psalm 127:2). Let’s also remind ourselves about how Jesus got highly upset with his disciples when they told all of those precious children not to bother Jesus–“But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” If we are genuine Christians, I believe based on this scripture we should always make time for a child who wants to be near us. This is part of our ministry. When we show them the love of Christ by blessing them with our presence and praying for them, we may be the very ones to prevent them from falling into the hands of child predators.
Personally, I think child predators are the scum of the earth. Jesus said, “whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matthew 18:6), so my opinion is that there should be an automatic death penalty for them. Since the majority of them never repent and become repeat offenders, I don’t think they should be shown any mercy.
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–