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by Keith Bellamy

When I was growing up, we never ever had to worry about our parents abusing us or neglecting us. In fact, we never went hungry. At Christmas time we always received nice gifts. One aunt would get us something special and we always looked forward to seeing what we got from her. It seemed like Santa Claus made a visit at our house even when we may not have deserved his visit.

I realize there are many who haven’t had the blessings we received.

A while back, I heard a presentation on child abuse. It was very disturbing to say the least. Two-hundred and eleven children died in 2018 in Texas (during what period of time?) due to child abuse. What a sad commentary on our state! Why would anyone abuse a child?

Sadly, in our county, we have the shame of being number one in the state per capita when comes to child abuse. Again, this is very sad!

All of this ought to make us sick. We do live a very sick society. And that isn’t something to be proud of, is it? If anything, we should be on our knees praying for God’s mercy.

I have seen the slick commercials for the SPCA. A lot of animals are abused. However, I don’t see in commercials about child abuse or sex trafficking. Many of the children who are abused suffer from all sorts of abuse. And sex abuse is involved, too.

When governing authorities change laws to protect themselves, something is badly wrong! When governing authorities turn their back on the unborn, something is wrong. When governing authorities won’t listen a parent or child’s plea to be delivered from the evil of abuse, something is wrong.

When judges set themselves up against God what does that say? In the book of Judges, the children of Israel were often calling what was wrong, right and what was right, wrong. Sounds like many in our country!

Notice Luke 18:16: “Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, ‘Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children’.” (NLT)

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