THE SUPER BOWL IS NOT EVIL, BUT THE SIN THAT HAS BEEN PIGGYBACKED ONTO THIS ANNUAL EVENT IS WHAT JESUS HATES.
Now that I have you fired up and intrigued, I would like to clarify that I am not about to tell you to never watch the Super Bowl or that it is of the devil and that we are sinning if we partake in watching it annually. The Super Bowl has been an American tradition for many years, and it is a source of entertainment that many find enjoyable. The Super Bowl is not evil, but the reality is that the sin that has now been piggybacked onto this annual event causes a reason for Jesus to despise the day completely.
GIRLS BEING OFFERED AS PROSTITUTES CAN BE AS YOUNG AS 7 YEARS OLD.
Many of us have heard about human trafficking through our textbooks, and in the news, and maybe even seeing it firsthand in countries throughout the world through mission trips, and working with non profit organizations. But, just to give a few shocking statistics and study results:
Globally, two children are sold into slavery every minute, 1.2 million a year. 79% of those in slavery are sold into sexual exploitation, half of those being children. Places like India alone have over 15 MILLION women trapped in prostitution among the brothels, and the girls being offered can be as young as 7 YEARS OLD. For those of you that have daughters, sisters, nieces, granddaughters….that should already light a fire under you. Now I’m not an expert in all of this, but I know that there are MILLIONS of slaves being trafficked around the world, and I would be happy to research more shocking studies and realities for you. But the reality is, it exists, and it’s wrong.
But I want to ask this question: what if YOUR daughter, YOUR sister, YOUR niece, YOUR granddaughter was being targeted to be trafficked, right here in the United States….well newsflash: THEY ARE.
UP TO 300,000 AMERICANS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 ARE LURED INTO SEX TRAFFICKING EACH YEAR.
Human Trafficking is an over $32 Billion Industry, and it is quickly increasing in all 50 States of America. Up to 300,000 Americans under the age of 18 are lured into sex trafficking each year. In Dallas, TX alone, 1 in 3 children that run away are lured into sex trafficking within the first 48 hours of leaving home. The average entry age in the US stands currently at age 12-13. And mind you, sex trafficking is not gender exclusive. Dallas, TX is also the number one place for sexual exploitation of boys.
People, it’s happening in our own backyard just as much as it is around the world. And human trafficking isn’t a new issue, but with events such as the Super Bowl, it is becoming a higher demand and these events are making it easier for the epidemic to spread. The Super Bowl is flooded with people that don’t even come for the game anymore, but come for the soul purpose of being able to pay for sex with women and children in this industry. The Super Bowl is the number one Demand Hub in the United States for sex trafficking, and Jesus appalls his children to be enslaved. We can all agree that this is WRONG, it’s SIN, and it HAS TO STOP. As believers, we have an obligation and responsibility to be ACTIVELY involved in this fight. James 4:17 puts it blatantly clear by saying,
SO WHOEVER KNOWS THE RIGHT THING TO DO AND FAILS TO DO IT, FOR HIM IT IS SIN.
So if we know that this is wrong, and we know that the right thing to do is to help these people that are enslaved, by sitting around twiddling our thumbs in hopes that other people will step up and do the right thing, or by turning our eyes away to the problem and trying to forget it’s not there, or even by trying to justify and saying “I’m not called to fight against Human Trafficking”, you are sinning, and by not doing something about it are supporting and contributing to the trafficking. The reality is you are called. We all are called to fight. Now, that might look different for everyone. Some are called to get involved in a very personal, hands on and tangible way, while others’ calling to the issue is by being educated and educating others on the issue, and/or persistently and continuously praying for this issue. There are ways to be involved even if you feel like you aren’t called to work personally and tangibly with Human Trafficking. Using what gifts you do have, and being faithful to pray and assist when possible is our calling, with all issues and sin battles that are in our world. Our responsibility as believers is to fight for what is right through education, prayer, and hands on participation. I want to encourage you all to be aware of the things happening in our world, in our own backyard, and to be reminded of our calling to be ambassadors of Christ(2 Corinthians 5:20), fighting on behalf of these women and children, boys and girls alike. Educate yourselves, and ask questions! Help others be educated to spread awareness! PRAY! Prayer is a powerful tool given to us to fight against sin. And finally, look for ways that you can tangibly get involved in this fight for life! Together, show these people the hope and future the Lord has promised them!
Also, to find out more information on the movement to raise awareness for Human Trafficking at the Super Bowl specifically, check out http://dontwatchthebowl.com for more information and ways to get involved with the fight!