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"Sexual violence affects almost every single family in America, and ending these crimes means continuing to elevate the national conversation around sexual harassment and assault," .. Scott Berkowitz, President - Rape Abuse & Incest National Network
For those of us who still like to think of America as being a light unto the world for political and religious freedom, it was very disturbing to hear the terrible stories of the #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements. Equally as disturbing was the nation's general reaction of indifference to the plea from these victims for justice and reform.
The context and detail of these creditable case stories by the year 2018 were so alarming that the Thomson Reuters Foundation was prompted to commission a survey*, be done in March of that year, to get a "global" view of how women world-wide were doing in situations similar to those occurring on American streets, and in our homes, businesses and churches.
Reuters asked 550 global experts on women's issues to rank the 193 United Nations member states in terms of the "overall risks faced by women in those countries, specifically regarding healthcare, access to economic resources, customary practices, sexual violence, non-sexual violence and human trafficking."*
Many of the worst nation cultures of the past that have been consistently dangerous for women to live in filled out the top 10 list as expected, with one glaring exception: the United States was ranked #10 and it was the only western country to be so judged as being among the 10 most dangerous countries for women to live.
Even more shocking was the ranking of the USA as #3, equal to that of Syria, in terms of violent sexual and non-sexual assaults against women.*
Rightly so, many Christians are now asking in 2020 for solutions to effect dramatic change, as well as for answers to their question of "how on earth did America morality degrade to this point?" The answers are many, solutions are few and very little public concern or action is on the table.
As a way forward toward for solution, many activists point to better law enforcement, new and stricter controls over consumption of alcohol and drugs, and a much higher accountability and more oversight of employers, church leaders and all others involved where high numbers of sexual assaults and harassment are still commonly occurring.
If you are concerned too, then your voice and opinions would be welcomed among those heard in the national conversation who have began awareness conversations their own sphere of influence and made their opinions known to all who will listen.
The reversal of our culture of violence toward women cannot be accomplished in one generation, but it can be done over time.
Our culture of violence toward women must end, and our former national reputation as the world standard for "justice for all" to be restored. Let us pray that it does
Please read the Reuters article/post: Factbox: "Which are the world's 10 most dangerous countries for women?" by Belinda Goldsmith for further details and facts. Then Google to see how college aged males feel about accountability concerning rape to get an insight into the national prevailing male attitude.
The 2018 ranking of the top 10 most dangerous countries for women to live are:
1. India 2. Afghanistan 3. Syria (the USA holds #3 as well for sexual and non-sexual violence toward women) 4. Somalia 5. Saudi Arabia 6. Pakistan 7. Democratic Republic of Congo 8. Yemen 9. Nigeria 10. United States of America
* Factbox: "Which are the world's 10 most dangerous countries for women?" Reported by Belinda Goldsmith @BeeGoldsmith, Thomson Reuters Foundation, 06/25/2018, Reuters.com
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Paul, in recognizing the managerial limits of our authority, told us in 1 Corinthians 5:12-13 â€“ â€œFor what have [we] to do with judging those also who are outside [the church]? Do we not judge those who are inside [the church]? But those who are outside [the church] God judges.â€Â
God told us in 2 Chronicles 7:14 â€“ â€œIf My people who are called by My Name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My Face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.â€Â
Again, we see how much power we have as God's people over the well-being of the nation in which we dwell, despite how wicked its own decrees are, here in Genesis 18:32 â€“ â€œThen he [Abraham, a friend of Godâ€™s said, â€˜Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten [righteous people] should be found there [among the wicked of a sinful nation].â€™ And He said, â€˜I will not destroy it for the sake of tenâ€™.â€ Repeatedly, households and nations were indirectly blessed in which the likes of Abraham, David, Jacob and Elijah sojourned, just as Egypt was with Joseph, for the sake of all the Israelites, and just as Babylon was, for Danielâ€™s faithfulness to God being used by God to affect that pagan leader finally implementing laws which brought praise to God for the period of time that it did.
If, as it is written in 1 John 5:19 â€“ â€œWe know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one,â€ (Also Job 9:24), then we are not to focus on the condition of that wicked nation bordering us in, with any direct intention to repair it by our own cunning, but rather to focus directly on the true nation to which we belong, and its eternal citizens, letting God repair that protective or persecuting earthly nation in which we dwell, so that His people might glorify Him in sharing the gospel to its lost citizens via our bold but gentle words and deeds.
1 Peter 4:17 â€“ â€œFor the time has come for judgement to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?â€Â Over and over, throughout the Bible, God sternly judges His people in priority over the wicked, whom He tells us are reserved for the day of judgment, in the meantime being used by His purposes to strengthen His people, sometimes in the form of discipline whenever they stand in need of correction.
Jesus warns us in Luke 6:46 â€“ â€œBut why do you call me â€˜Lord, Lord,â€™ and do not do the things which I say?â€ We must as a people, keep His commandments. What are they? Well, He goes to great lengths to spell them out for us redundantly all over His Word, as are seen below in these New Testament commands, which are the very Spirit of the Old Testament, from which no jot or tittle shall ever be removed, but the whole of which Law Christ fulfilled in His perfect righteousness, and thus imputes to all who believe, that the Spirit of it might be manifested in all those who are His disciples. If, then, we forsake these New Testament commands, we forsake the very Spirit of them, and need not wonder at the ruinous state of whatever country we find ourselves temporal citizens of:
Colossians 3:8-9 â€“ â€œBut now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another.â€Â
Colossians 3:13 â€“ â€œBear with one another, forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.â€Â
Proverbs 13:24 â€“ â€œHe who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly.â€Â
Proverbs 23:13-14 â€“ â€œDo not withhold correction from a child, for if you beat him with a rod, he will not die. You shall beat him with a rod and deliver his soul from hell.â€Â
Hebrews 12:6 â€“ â€œFor whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.â€Â
Matthew 10:37 â€“ â€œHe who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of me.â€Â
Luke 16:18 â€“ â€œWhoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced from her husband commits adultery.â€Â
Ephesians 5:22-24 â€“ â€œWives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as also Christ is the head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.â€Â
Ephesians 5:28 â€“ â€œSo husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.â€Â
Joshua 24:15 â€“ â€œAnd if it seem evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.â€
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