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Child Abuse Prevention Month
By Guest Author on April 13th, 2012

April is child abuse prevention month. Not one abused child escapes God’s gaze even for a moment. As we begin to peer into this crisis, we must first lift our eyes to Jesus—He is the definition of truth and the epitome of love and justice. Over and over the Bible reveals His deep passion for children and righteous indignation towards anyone who abuses them (Mt. 18:2-6, 10; 19:14; Lk. 18:15-16). Jesus vehemently taught that it was better to have a millstone hung around our necks and be thrown into the ocean then cause even one child to stumble.
Jesus does not stand passively by as a new report of child abuse is made every ten seconds in our nation, and he is not indifferent to the appalling 3.3 million child abuse reports involving an estimated 6 million children in 2009 alone. 1 On the contrary, He is living to intercede for us and He is patiently and mercifully waiting for the day that He will return to the earth and bring justice to every oppressed, abused, and enslaved child. More than that, He is praying that the Church will draw near to His heart in worship and prayer, that we would be His hands and feet in releasing justice to abused and neglected children.
Though the epidemic of child abuse may seem daunting, God’s solution is practical and accessible for every believer to engage in a vital way. The primary means to answering the cry of abused children is in the place of prayer. God is the source of all love, power, and wisdom, and the closer we draw to His heart, the more fruitful we will be in expressing His heart to others. We can also raise awareness of this crisis, give financially, and volunteer with the Orphan Justice Center or another ministry that is rescuing, adopting, and restoring children.
Whether you are single or married, rich or poor, you can powerfully engage in God’s solution today. Child abuse is not a socioeconomic or cultural problem—it is a sin problem in the heart of humanity. Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines 2 and we can all pray, give, serve, and raise awareness in our spheres of influence to eradicate it.
As we actively confront child abuse today, we will alleviate many other problems that are directly connected to this calamity. There will be less teen pregnancy, psychological disorders, violent crimes, and incarceration, because people who were abused as children are significantly more likely to experience all of these. We will also save hundreds of billions of dollars that we can invest in God’s Kingdom. In 2008 alone, we spent 124 billion dollars on child abuse and neglect. 3 As sin abounds, God’s grace abounds all the more, and today Jesus has arms wide open, inviting us to join Him in bringing salvation, healing, and restoration to His children.

 

[1] National Child Abuse Statistics, Chilhelp; Accessed April 7, 2012: http://www.childhelp.org/pages/statistics#gen-stats.

[2] National Child Abuse Statistics, Chilhelp; Accessed April 7, 2012: http://www.childhelp.org/pages/statistics#gen-stats.

[3] Ibid.

 

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