My heart has been heavy this evening. Admittedly, I have never been a great fan of football. However, ever since I found out (two years ago) that the Super Bowl is the single largest human trafficking event in our nation, my indifference has morphed into something approaching aversion. I purposed to pray for God’s mercy to wash over this event and pierce people’s hearts with His love. In that vein, I thought it might be a good idea to at least turn on the game for a few moments while I addressed that issue in prayer. It turned out that I caught the last few minutes of the halftime show. Although I was aware that such shows are purported to be “bigger and better” every year, my jaw dropped in horror at the raw marketing of sex portrayed as general-consumption entertainment by women who, at least I thought, should know better.
As women, do we still not understand how we sabotage ourselves and set ourselves up for all manner of voyeurism and exploitation when we cast every vestige of modesty to the wind? What we perceive as power over men, our sexuality, actually serves to enslave them and us in unholy patterns and paralyzes us for what God has in store: healthy, fulfilling romance with a life-long partner.
Lest I sound judgmental, please know that I have great compassion for those ensnared in the cycle of sex as a commodity. With no education, no personal affirmation from parents, and no means of providing an income for one’s children, any woman could easily fall prey to traffickers. God has set His heart on all of those who are held captive in any way — He loves each person with unrelenting fervor. However, what disturbs me is that women in the entertainment industry who serve as role models for others would use their sensuality to fuel a stereotype that is the very currency of slavery.
May Jesus reveal Himself to us all, right here in America, the ostensible land of the free and home of the brave. Sadly, we are neither free nor brave. We are enslaved and cowardly, afraid to admit our brokenness and in despair of ever being healed. Yet,… God has a plan, and it is good. He has ordained a future and a hope for us (see Jeremiah 29:11). He also promises that He will abundantly pardon, if we but turn to Him (Isaiah 55:7).
Father, soften my heart and make me quick to hear Your voice and understand when I am fueling a system that is not established by You! Forgive me and heal me! Father, forgive us, for we know not what we do….