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The End Wasn’t As Near As He Thought: The Non-Existence of “Secret” Bible Codes

The End Wasn’t As Near As He Thought: The Non-Existence of “Secret” Bible Codes

There was a great deal of news the past few weeks about the possibility of the Rapture (or Day of Judgment, depending on your perspective) occurring last Saturday.  Harold Camping, the 89 year-old founder of Family Radio, made claims that he had discovered a complicated formula in the Bible “that would probably crash Google’s computers” revealing that Jesus would return to earth sometime around 6 PM on May 21.  Obviously, that didn’t occur.  I sound pretentious writing a post “after the fact,” but I did plan to post this Saturday morning until something more important came up- playing bubbles with my daughter.  My purpose to go ahead with this post is to remind us that we will see the likes of false teachers like Harold Camping again who claim to have found mysterious “codes” in the Bible and that we should not be led astray.

In 1994, Camping made a claim that the end of the world would occur in that year.  Afterward, he said he miscalculated and that this time he was more than certain about the May 21, 2011 date (Camping said yesterday he has miscalculated again and the actual date is Oct. 21).  Camping told New York magazine, “There’s nothing in the Bible that holds a candle to the amount of information to this tremendous truth of the end of the world. I would be absolutely in rebellion against God if I thought anything other than it is absolutely going to happen without any question.”  Apparently, Camping’s followers were just as certain.  They spent a very large amount of money putting up over 3,000 billboards across the globe.

Here are a few of my observations and some lessons I think we can learn based on this incident with Harold Camping:

One, and most basic, is that Camping’s teaching stands in egregious opposition to the clear teaching of Scripture.  For someone who claims to have studied the Bible so thoroughly and knows its innermost “secrets,” this is either a gross oversight or prideful refusal to adhere to the truth.  Matt. 24:36 states of the Second Coming, “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.”  In Acts 1:7 when the early church asked if Jesus was about to consummate His Kingdom, He replied, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.”  We must always remember that the Bible emphatically states that no person will ever know the date of the return of Christ.  No matter what you hear, or how convincing the argument and evidence may seem, always reject any teaching that claims to know what Jesus said was unknowable

Two, we need to be careful with the cult-like following most false teachers such as Harold Camping generate.  On Camping’s website he states, “However, it was not until a very few years ago that the accurate knowledge of the entire timeline of history was revealed to true believers by God from the Bible.”  Note that only “true believers” are privy to the secret knowledge.  The “true believers” are followers of Camping.  As with most false teachers of a religious genre, we need to always ask if this person is genuinely trying to help people or simply trying to make a name for himself and get rich doing so.

Three, hidden or mysterious “codes” latent in the biblical text that only a certain few have the good fortune of being able to decipher do not exist.  I am certainly no scholar, but I have been a student of the Bible for all of my adult life, hold a doctorate with an emphasis in biblical hermeneutics, and teach New Testament and hermeneutics adjunctly for a seminary, and have discovered nothing remotely close to any legitimate evidence of Bible codes.

Grant Jeffrey published a book titled “The Mysterious Bible Codes” in 1998 where he claims the Bible secretly predicts the events of World War II, the death of Princess Diana, and the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building to name only a few.  Jeffrey makes this claim based on a dubious formula known as ELS- equidistant letter sequence.  This method takes each letter in an arbitrary sequence and spells out some hidden name or word.  For example, according to Jeffrey, if you begin in Deut. 10:17 in the Hebrew language and count every 22nd letter the word that results is “Hitler.”  The problem is that there are no rules.  You can go forward or backward, start at any verse you want, and choose whatever number sequence you want to employ. This method essentially lets anyone make the Bible say whatever they want it to say.  There is also a question of whether such formulas are carried out in the original languages of Hebrew or Greek, or in English.  It appears that Camping has done his research in an English Bible.  If God were to hide a code in the text, would He not have done so in the original languages?

The point is that “hidden” codes betray the very reason God gave us the Bible in the first place- to reveal Himself and His truth to us.  The purpose of the Bible is not to further obfuscate faith in God, but to make it clear that God exists, created the universe, sent His Son to die on a cross for our sins, etc.  We do not need complicated mathematical formulas to understand the message of the Bible.  The truth it reveals is plain and clear.

Four, though we should not be surprised that Harold Camping was wrong about the return of Christ, neither should we be relieved.  As Christians, we are to eagerly anticipate the Second Coming.  Heb. 9:28 states, “So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.”  We should never get so comfortable in this life that we lose sight of, and passion for, the next life

It’s fitting to end this post with the next to last verse in the Bible- Rev. 22:20- “Surely I am coming soon.’” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!”

 

A “Fairy Tale” Existence: Can Evangelicals Be “Thinking” People?

A “Fairy Tale” Existence: Can Evangelicals Be “Thinking” People?

As a pastor and a trustee on the board of two institutions of higher learning, I often encounter the paradigm that conservative, evangelical Christians cannot be “thinking” people.  Rather, a belief in the Bible as absolute and propositional truth can only mean that one is an unintelligent, closed-minded, bigoted, irrational Bible-thumping, hillbilly bumpkin redneck (incidentally I have been called all of those names).  My point in this post is to simply attempt to demonstrate that conservative, Bible-believing Christians can and are capable of high levels of critical thinking and that belief in God does not in any way mean that someone has checked their brains at the door.

Stephen Hawking, the brilliant physicist, made the news yesterday by stating that, “There is no heaven or afterlife; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”  His comments illustrate what I have mentioned above- people who believe in God are like children reading stories at bedtime.  These claims are made by Hawking, Dawkins, Tyson, et. al. who, incidentally, often sound much more like evangelists than scientists.  Their campaign against the existence of God is based on their epistemology of empiricism and thus they roundly reject any notion of the existence of or faith in God.

But think with me on this.  These now well-known champions of empirical reasoning who base everything on the evidence always throw that perspective out the window whenever religion comes up.  We are told that the scientific evidence “proves” the theory of naturalistic evolution as the answer to our origins.  However, any armchair apologist (either Christian or atheist) who is honestly and objectively looking at the evidence could not possibly claim that naturalistic evolution can be empirically “proven.”  So, because belief in God is irrational, much of the scientific community approaches this topic with extreme pre-commitments.  In other words, “Believing in the supernatural is such an uneducated approach, I will make the evidence say what I want it to say.”  Phillip Johnson, in his book Darwin on Trial, adeptly refers to this as the “fact” of evolution.  The scientific community makes the assumption that God could not exist and so all evidence is viewed through this skewed filter and considered “fact” when in actuality it is not.

My point is that the scientific community stops using their powers of empirical weighing of the evidence when it comes to religion.  The reality is that there are very good scientific and philosophical reasons, arguments, and evidence for the existence of God and creation.  And yet these prophets of doubt and reason will not even consider weighing evidence that any theory other than Naturalism could possibly explain our origins and responsible worldview.  This lack of consistency by the scientific community is alarming and also leads them to stand on quite shaky ground in their own claims (although to question the “fact” of evolution will at worst get a science teacher fired or at best be branded unintelligent).

For example, in the movie Expelled, Ben Stein shows a clip of an interview of Richard Dawkins where he makes the same claim as Hawking that those who believe in God are believing in “fairy tales.”  Stein then shows interviews of renowned scientists trying to answer the question of how life on earth began.  It was long believed that life began when the first life forms were formed in the primordial ooze.  The famous Miller-Urey experiment supposedly replicated what happened billions of years ago in the primordial ooze thus “proving” that naturalistic evolution started it all.  However, science has now admitted that the Miller-Urey experiment was not an accurate depiction of conditions on early earth and in fact the entire notion of the existence of a primordial ooze has been dismissed.  So, how did life begin?  Their answer today sounds something akin to Riley Poole in National Treasure– “The aliens did it.”  Francis Crick, discoverer of DNA, has postulated that some form of primordial life was shipped to the earth billions of years ago in spaceships- by supposedly more evolved (therefore advanced) alien beings.  One wants to ask, “Who are the ones believing in fairy tales?”

I deeply respect the amazing intellect of Stephen Hawking, but wish he would use those same powers to give consideration to the evidence of the existence of Jesus and His resurrection.  Just reading that last sentence will cause some to say, “Come on! Are you kidding!”  But again that demonstrates my point of the “fact” of evolution and that biased pre-commitments to its veracity hinder science from objectively exercising their worldview.  Our culture sees Hawking as the intellectual giant, and rightly so, but Christians as pitiable children unable to think properly.  Is that correct?  Consider this poignant response to Hawking by N.T. Wright:

“As for the creation being self-caused: I wonder if he [Hawking] realizes that he is simply repeating a version of ancient Epicureanism? i.e. the gods are out of the picture, a long way away, so the world/human life/etc has to get on under its own steam. This is hardly a ‘conclusion’ from his study of the evidence; it’s simply a well known worldview shared by most post-Enlightenment westerners… The depressing thing is that Hawking doesn’t seem to realize this and so hasn’t even stopped to think that there might be quite sophisticated critiques of Epicureanism, ancient and modern, which he should work through.  Not least the Christian one, which again focuses on Jesus.”

In conclusion, science should give the evidence for the existence of God a “fair shake.”  Yet it refuses to do so because of its pre-commitments, which is anything but an objective measuring of the empirical evidence.  It is not irrational to believe in God.  From the evidentiary cosmological arguments of the Anthropic Principle to the solid philosophical reasonings of First Cause, there is ample reason to believe in God.  Yes, we believe in God and His Word on the basis of faith, but such things illustrate that faith is not unintelligent.

Dr. Hawking stated that Christians are afraid of the darkness.  Given what you have just read, is it possibly more accurate to say he is afraid of the light?

 

Rejoicing and Grieving Over the Death of Bin Laden

Rejoicing and Grieving Over the Death of Bin Laden

I’m sure most of you were like me and stayed up into the wee hours of Sunday/Monday to watch the media coverage about the death of Osama Bin Laden.  As I watched the coverage, I wasn’t sure what I thought about the celebrations in front of the White House and at Ground Zero in NYC.  One wag on Twitter stated the celebrations “Make us look like a third world country or one with a really good soccer team.”  I was reminded of the images I saw of people in other countries celebrating the tragic events of 9/11.  It seems to me that we need balance in our response to the death of this man.  I have observed the social media feeds and seen many people expressing a very wide range of responses.

We cannot ignore the fact that Bin Laden was a mass murderer who killed thousands upon thousands of people in the evil name of religious abuse.  It is certainly a good thing that he will no longer be able to mastermind atrocities against humanity.  We must also remember the words of Rom. 13:4- “For he [governing authorities] is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.”  Paul reminds us here that God has ordained government to carry out justice- something for which we should be very thankful.  Justice was certainly done Sunday night when Bin Laden was killed.  As someone said Sunday night, “We should celebrate justice, not death.”

On the other hand, I am concerned with the celebratory response of others to Bin Laden’s death.  One TV personality showed video of the celebrations in the streets and then said something to the effect of, “Is this what we do? We look like those celebrating after 9/11 handing out candy to children?  Are we not better than them?” At first I thought he was about to make a great point that we should rise above the behavior of those who oppose us.  Then he said, “You bet we’re better than them!”  He then brought on a marching band, confetti fell from the ceiling, and he handed out cookies.  Is this a right and biblical response to the death of someone?

Ezek. 33:11 states, “Say to them, ‘As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.’”  God does not rejoice over the death of the wicked.  It is God’s preference that the wicked repent of their sin and turn to Him.  Each of must remember that without Christ, our sin makes us no different than Bin Laden (in a spiritual sense) and as Christians it should burden us that another soul has perished without knowing and loving their Creator.

I drafted a statement in effort to strike a balanced and biblical approach to Bin Laden’s death that I posted on Facebook.  Many have told me it helped them articulate what they were feeling.  The statement is:

I am GRATEFUL the evil caused by OBL is gone (Prov. 11:10- “When the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness”).  I am GRIEVED he has entered hell (Luke 13:5- “But unless you repent, you will all likewise perish”).  I am HUMBLED that without Christ, my destination would be the same (John 3:16- “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life”).

We should be thankful that one horrific source of the scourge of terrorism and religious abuse is no longer among us.  However, Jesus warned us in Luke 13:1-5 that the demise of others is always an opportunity for us to reflect on our own spiritual condition.  Instead of raucous celebration, perhaps we should think on Bin Laden and how we can make sure that evil and murderous thoughts, words, and deeds can be confessed to the Father and removed from our lives.  “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

 

Is God Angry at Japan? Listen to the Bible, not Beck

Is God Angry at Japan? Listen to the Bible, not Beck

Whenever tragedies strike, it is always inevitable that some will go down the path of dangerous theologizing.  In the wake of the horrific earthquake in Haiti, Pat Robertson stated the tragedy was a result of that nation’s “pact to the devil” and CBN later said the country was “cursed.”

The recent earthquake/tsunami/ radiation crisis in Japan is no different.  On Monday, while the Japanese people were still pulling victims from the rubble and battling potential nuclear meltdowns, radio/TV personality Glenn Beck stated that the tragic events were a message from God.  Beck stated, “I’m not saying God is, you know, causing earthquakes,” and then added that he’s “not not saying that, either.”  Beck continued, “Whether you call it Gaia, or whether you call it Jesus, there’s a message being sent and that is, ‘Hey, you know that stuff we’re doing? Not really working out real well.’ Maybe we should stop doing some of it.” Perhaps Beck is not singling out the Japanese people in his comments and saying that the message from God in these earthquakes is for all of us to heed.  However, the timing and the implication are troubling and these comments only add to the corpus of Beck’s past comments/writing about religion that reveal him to be confused and at odds with Scripture.  So, how is it wrong of us to say that tragedies are the result of people’s particular sin?

Jesus made it very clear how we should interpret the meaning of tragic events.  In Luke 13, some people report to Jesus about others who had been persecuted and killed by Pilate.  Jesus used it as an opportunity to teach us about how we should respond to tragedies.

Luke 13:1-5- “There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

This passage of Scripture makes it clear that tragic events are not the result of people’s particular sin.  Rather, they are they the effect of living in a fallen world cursed by sin.  Jesus taught that in response to a tragedy, we should not point our finger at the victims and say, “They sinned.”  Instead, tragedies are a reminder that we have all sinned and unless we repent and have a right relationship with Christ on the basis of faith, we will all be liable for the judgment.  It’s not just a few that are cursed, we all are.  Honestly, I think some of the statements that tragedies are the results of some people’s sin are made from prejudice.  What would we say if an earthquake caused the nuclear reactor in Arkansas to melt down?  Are they cursed?   Do they have some “extra” sin the rest of us do not?

Please listen to Jesus rather than the pundits when it comes to thinking about why tragedies happen.  They remind us we will all perish unless we live for Christ.

 

Are You Willing to Take the Risk? Shahbaz Bhatti and the Risky Business of Following Jesus

Are You Willing to Take the Risk? Shahbaz Bhatti and the Risky Business of Following Jesus

Genuinely following God is going to require risks.  To grow deeper in our walk with Christ will mean that God will call us out of our comfort zones to risk new levels of obedience and faith in Him.  Without these risks, we never really learn the exacting nature of true discipleship.  We never really learn that life isn’t about us.  We never really learn how to move beyond selfishness.  The risks, for some the threat of loss of life and for others the loss of comfort/convenience, are opportunities for us to grow in our relationship with the Lord.

Last week, Shahbaz Bhatti was martyred in Islamabad for his faith in Christ.  Batti was the Minister for Minority Affairs in Pakistan.  In recent months, he had become an outspoken opponent of Pakistan’s Sharia law, particularly the blasphemy laws which call for the execution of anyone who speaks against Muhammad.  In a story posted by the BBC, a video of an interview given by Bhatti can be seen where he basically predicts his death.  Bhatti boldly proclaims his faith in Christ and his willingness to die for his principles.  Here is a quote from Bhatti:

“I’m speaking for the oppressed and marginalized Christian minority… I want to share that I believe in Jesus Christ who has given His own life for us. I know the meaning of the cross and following the cross.  And I’m ready to die for a cause… I’m living for my community and suffering people and I’m ready to die for their rights.”  He goes on to state that he would rather die standing for his principles than bow down to the threats of radical and violent Islamic groups.

You can read the BBC story and see the video of Bhatti (scroll halfway down the story and click on the video of his picture) here:

Bhatti Interview

Shahbaz Bhatti understood the risks involved in following Christ.  He was willing to give his life and for that the Lord will greatly reward His faith.  But I wonder, do we understand the risks involved in truly following Jesus?  When you get down to it, most of us don’t want to be inconvenienced.  We don’t want to take risks, but much prefer our comfort zones of playing it safe and easy.  If you are going to grow deeper in Christ, God will call you to take risks.  He’s going to call you to risk talking to your friend or co-worker about the Lord.  He’s going to call you to risk sharing the gospel with them.  He’s going to call you to risk breaking off any unhealthy relationship or activity that brings you down spiritually.  He’s going to call you to risk tithing.  He’s going to call you to risk going on a mission trip.  Following God is not a risk-free offer!

Are you willing to take the risk of growing deeper in Christ?  When you compare our lives to Mr. Bhatti, many of us aren’t even facing real risks.  His risk was the loss of life.  Many times our “risk” is the danger of an awkward moment while talking to someone about the Lord or the loss of creature comforts for one week on a mission trip.  If you really want to grow, God will call you to risks.  We often ask this question in association with risks- “Is it worth it?”  With risks we weigh the consequences of taking the step of faith.  The risk of following Jesus to deeper levels of sacrifice and obedience is always worth it.

Last Sunday, I preached on the story of Rahab hiding the Hebrew spies in Jericho.  She took a huge risk in believing in God even when no one else around her did.  She took a huge risk allowing the men to hide in her home.  If the authorities found out, she and her family would have been killed.  She took a huge risk hanging the scarlet cord out her window.  What if the Hebrews didn’t return as promised?  What if they were defeated in trying to take the city.  In my research, I discovered the earliest known fortified city in human history was Jericho.  For centuries it stood having never been conquered.  She risked that the Hebrews would do what had never been done before.  The scarlet cord was evidence she was up to something and she certainly would have been found out and punished if the city did not fall.

Was it worth it to Rahab?  Yes!  She finally found purpose and meaning in life by placing her faith in the one true God who created her to obey and glorify Him.  She lived the rest of her life in Israel married to a prince.  The prostitute became a princess and her son is in the bloodline of the Messiah, Jesus Christ!  What an awesome payoff for the risk she took to follow God closely.  I pray you will take the risk to follow God to deeper levels of commitment- it’s definitely worth it!

 

 

Having Your Cake and Eating It Too: The Incompatibility of Jesus and Darwin

Having Your Cake and Eating It Too: The Incompatibility of Jesus and Darwin

There has been quite a bit of attention lately about the issue of theistic evolution. Books like Saving Darwin by Karl Giberson propose that Christians can hold to their religious convictions and believe in evolution at the same time. Notable people such as Francis Collins have stated that Christians must hold to the theory of evolution or lose its credibility with the world to share the gospel. Of course, theistic evolutionists would disagree with atheistic, naturalistic evolutionists in that our origins lie with God’s creation. But beyond that, theistic evolutionists concur with most of the scientific community that the earth is billions of years old and that the evidence for evolution and transitional forms is irrefutable. The epistemology (how we know things) of science is the scientific method which means the burden to “prove” the fact of evolution is incumbent upon scientists. In fact, as Phillip Johnson so poignantly notes in his book Darwin on Trial, the scientific community rarely refers to the theory of evolution, but rather the fact of evolution.

The problem is that any objective study of the evidence of of the fossil record, the field of chemistry, etc. reveals that evolution is far from a fact. It cannot be “proved” by any stretch of the imagination. Perhaps this is why, if you have ever heard Richard Dawkins speak at an event such as his appearance at Oklahoma University a few years ago, he doesn’t speak about scientific evidence for evolution. Instead, he gives ad hominem arguments against the Christian community and insults them for their ignorance and backwardness. One can only wonder if he does this because he doesn’t have the evidence on his side? The scientific community merely approaches the question of our beginnings from the presupposition that faith in the supernatural is not a rational position to hold.

The dangerous issue the Christian community faces today is the growing number of Christians who have bought into the “fact” of evolution. To do so, and adhere to theistic evolution, presents doctrinal challenges that eviscerates the gospel of Jesus Christ. One of the major issues of holding to theistic evolution is that it eliminates the possibility (and necessity) of Adam and Eve being historical, literal people (in fact, theistic evolution really cannot adhere to the historicity of the first eleven chapters of Genesis). If Adam and Eve are figurative characters, then it becomes impossible to reconcile the biblical account of the Fall of man and the introduction of sin into the world. This obviously has huge implications for the gospel and the work of Christ on the cross and resurrection.

The theistic evolution debate is another sign of the Christian community trying to have its cake and eat it, too. Why do we need to accept what the world says in order to be “credible?” We are reminded in Scripture that the cross will often be an offense and stumbling block for many. Theistic evolution has bought the lie that if you do not believe in evolution you are an anti-intellectual (a fallacy indeed!). Yet the doctrinal price is too high to pay to hold to theistic evolution. Christians need to affirm that Jesus and Darwin are competing worldviews- it is impossible to reconcile them.

For further study, read the Baptist Press articles (links below) recently released which track the debate about theistic evolution between Albert Mohler and the BioLogos Foundation.

The New Shape of the Debate
Theistic Evolutionists, too, Face “Suspicion” and “Condescension”
Mohler at Center of Debate Over Evolution and Bible

Also, one of the best books available that refutes evolution and its accompanying presuppositions and fallacies is Darwin on Trial by Phillip Johnson.

The Two Greatest Blights in Our Nation’s History: A Failure to Value Human Life

The Two Greatest Blights in Our Nation’s History: A Failure to Value Human Life

Two of the greatest blights on our nation’s history are slavery and abortion. I have had cause to ponder both of these issues in the recent past. January always marks the Sanctity of Human Life Sunday observed in many evangelical churches. That day corresponds to the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. News outlets last week reported the grisly findings of Philadelphia police in the abortion clinic of Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell is being charged for murder for killing babies born alive during late term abortions. The babies were killed when Gosnell, or one of his associates, would insert scissors into the back of the baby’s neck severing the spinal
cord. One instance reported that a baby wiggled around on a counter top for twenty minutes before someone came in and performed the murderous procedure. You can read the full story about Gosnell and the despicable condition and practices of his clinic here:

“House of Horrors” Abortion Clinic

I used Gosnell last Sunday in my sermon to illustrate what happens to us whenever we think we have figured something out better than God. In essence, this is what Cain did with his offering in Gen. 4. Either he didn’t offer the right kind of offering or he didn’t give his best. Either way, he decided he had come up with an improved way of worshiping the Lord and thus God rejected his offering. We do this today with the origin of the universe, marriage, sexual morality, and the sanctity of human life. Gosnell obviously bought in to the secularist notion that life in the womb isn’t yet a “human.” When we functionally say to God we have things better figured out than Him, the consequences can often spin out of control. This is what happened to Cain- he eventually murdered his brother. And so it did with Gosnell.

My first thought in talking about Gosnell in church was to sanitize the gruesome details. Though I did tone it down somewhat, I’m convinced the reason we have Kermit Gosnells in this country is because we have swept under the carpet and sanitized too much the horrific, despicable practice of abortion. I am always dismayed and saddened when our leaders affirm abortion. President Obama made recent comments in honor of the Roe v. Wade decision supporting the decision. You can read his statement as well as view a powerful video from John Piper responding to similar comments from the President a few years ago here:

President Obama and Abortion/Piper Response

God have mercy on us for enabling and approving the practice of abortion. What an amazingly crass and defiant disregard for God, His Word, and the precious life created in his image.

The second blight I mentioned was slavery. Fortunately, this is a thing of the past- or so we think. I was amazed to hear my wife tell me of a conversation she recently had with someone about the issue of human trafficking. I was amazed to hear that Oklahoma ranks fifth in the nation in human trafficking (I do not know the source for that statistic). Also, human traffickers target large events, such as the upcoming Super Bowl, to do their unimaginable business. Watch an eye-opening video about human trafficking at the Super Bowl and learn awareness from this site:

The Home Foundation

Human trafficking is something we need to be aware of and strongly oppose. It, too, is a blatant slap in the face to the dignity and sanctity of human life. Consider this excerpt from the website www.traffick911.com about a young girl enslaved in human trafficking:

“One little girl finally told her captor just to kill her, she couldn’t do it anymore. The pimp refused, telling her he makes too much money off her. If she wouldn’t do what he told her to, he would kidnap her 8 year-old sister and pour battery acid over her face while she watched. The little girl complied, living in a dog cage when she wasn’t being sold to man after man.”

How can such atrocities exist in this world and in our own country? Pray that we can stem the tide of the disregard for the sanctity of human life.