Stolen Children

 

stolenMatthew 19:14 “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’”

Satan is stealing our children…

He comes in the form of Islamic militants to a remote Nigerian secondary school comprised of young girls, mostly of whom are Christian. Almost 300 children are abducted, waiting in horror for the Boko Haram leader to make good on his threat to sell them as slaves. All because they dared to seek an education, and perhaps chose to follow a faith other than Islam. The anguish of grieving mothers is carried across the globe and pleas requesting prayer for each stolen girl wrench our hearts, even as we realize these are not the only ones. I’m praying for you Rebecca Joseph. Rebecca Kabu.

Satan is stealing our children…

He comes in the form of a sex-saturated society to lure them away from innocence. The celebrity artists who serve as role-models for these little ones have abdicated the good and embraced the obscene. In their competition to see who can be the most outrageous, they tell little girls coolness is measured in how well they can twerk and little boys in how moral absolutes are passé.

Satan is stealing our children…

He comes in the form of mothers and fathers who don’t love each other anymore. Who find the sacrifices needed to make a family work too much of a long haul. The resultant instability forces these little innocents into dealing with mixed signals about loyalty and commitment much too soon. They become foundation-less, ripe for picking.

Satan hates God. And he takes revenge on God’s children. He is relentless in bringing destruction and devastation. He hopes we’ll get so used to it that we throw our hands in the air and with a resigned sigh conclude that it’s so pervasive there’s nothing we can do.

Don’t buy it. Don’t you become the next victim of his lies.

We may not be able to go to Nigeria and physically rescue even one of those precious little girls. We probably will never convince one pop star to put on more clothes or single-handedly convince a mom and dad to give their children the most important gift of all…

But we can pray for the children. And prayer is a powerful weapon.

 

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