To Speak Against Evil

In a column I wrote a few days I raised the question as to whether those who believe in allowing same sex marriages would also condone the marriage of a father and daughter, and, I further asked, “Why? Why not?” Nearly everyone who has responded to that discussion has expressed disgust and revulsion at the thought of a parent/child relationship, although no one has identified himself as approving same sex marriages.

Over recent days, another story concerning sexual and other abuse has developed. A raid of a polygamist ranch in Eldorado, Texas, and the rescuing of several hundred children and women who were there has gripped the hearts of the world, for now it comes to light that when girls in the compound reached puberty they were then “spiritually” married to much older men. Several of these rescued girls are now found to be pregnant.

ELDORADO, Texas — A polygamist compound with hundreds of children was rife with sexual abuse, child welfare officials allege in court documents, with girls spiritually married to much older men as soon as they reached puberty and boys groomed to perpetuate the cycle.

The documents released Tuesday also gave details about the hushed phone calls that triggered the raid, by a 16-year-old girl at the West Texas ranch who said her 50-year-old husband beat and raped her.

More here.

A reader of my previous column to which I have referred made the following comment that I want to share with you here.

Our revulsion to such things is not merely a matter of Christian faith, but nature itself is opposed to it. I suspect that human frailty is being manipulated by a supernatural evil that brings darkness to the truth. Men and women were made for each other. Their very bodies allow a marital unity that fosters both true fidelity and the fruitfulness of children. Homosexuality feigns the marital act with violence and perversion. Fathers and mothers are to regard their children always as their children, safeguarding their innocence and purity, preparing them to be good and wholesome adults. A true father and mother gain a son or daughter with marriage. They must never allow themselves to think of their children in a sexual way. Our culture is over-sexed. Pornography breaks down the family bonds. Sexuality is reduced to pleasure for its own sake. We worship youth and the body. This graphic sexuality is the root of pederasty, pedophilia and incest. Again, I think the devil has a hand in darkening consciences. A parent should be willing to die to preserve his child’s well being. Incest does incalculable harm and distorts the personality. Nature itself is offended and genetic problems often emerge in the children produced.

These staggering stories scream for us to continue to speak to the evil of the world, and to refuse to be intimidated by those who would say it is none of our business. It is our business. We are our brothers keepers. As I considered this issue, I thought of the following poem:

Martin Niemöller
First they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out–because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the Social Democrats
and I did not speak out–because I was not a Social Democrat.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out–because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out–because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me–
and there was no one left to speak out for me

We must speak out for children, for the abused, for the weak, the fearful and frightened. We must speak against evil and against moral decay. We must speak up for God, for His Word, and for righteousness. For if we do not…finally, there will be no one to speak for us.

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8 thoughts on “To Speak Against Evil

  1. Anna, my dear girl–

    My heart soars when, knowing you are a very young woman, I read such uplifting, thoughtful and honest comments as you have made. As you and I both know, your generation is faced with extreme humanism and godlessness, and from all reports our universities are rife with such teachings.

    I believe in you, Anna. I believe there are young people who will rise up and who will contend for righteousness and godliness, and who will have the courage to continue to speak against evil. You will not be intimidated by those who label you as non-tolerant and narrow-minded, but in the spirit of truth and love, and with a smile on your face, you will uphold the gospel of Jesus Christ. You will remember that our country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles–no matter what others say.

    It is not hard for me to speak against evil in a loving and kind way, for of people who are deceived, and who are bound by satan and his lies, I have only pity and a desire to help them and to help their families.

    Love you and appreciate having you write on my site.

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  2. Anna

    Sis. Buxton,

    Thank you for speaking out and doing it with kindness rather than a spirit of violence and hatred. Your reference to the Word of God makes all the difference.

    As you know I work in education and sexual perversion is taught as free will and as religiously as any doctrine. Humanism is the god of our society and free sexuality is a very key component of that.

    I remember the day I about had a heart attack because my “Marriage and Family” instructor recommended that our class as a whole should watch pornography. He felt that it would open new worlds of sexuality for us and that it would show us the alternatives of how we could integrate diverse intimate activities into our personal relationships. Needless to say, in the heartland, numerous students in the class rose up against this, Thank the Lord.

    Just the other day, once again, I read Ted Bundy’s interview with Dr. Dobson given the evening before his execution. In it he told of how he was a good young man raised in a well balanced christian family but got caught up in pornography in his youth. He spoke of how this led him to the state that viewing and reading no longer satisfied his lust; therefore, he began to act out his fantasies. He spoke of how he would go into a trance to perform the acts he performed and he when he came out of it he would be horrified at what he had done. He spoke of how it seemed as though a monster would take over him that he had no control over. Well, I have my own opinions of what that monster was. However, the point he made was vital. Sexual perversion typically ends in violence and those with any type of moral conscience may find some pleasure in their sin later feel disgusted by their participation in such.

    We need God in America desperately due to the fact that we are converting our youth to the doctrine that free, open and diverse sexuality is natural and simply ok. I pray about this constantly in the field that I work in and ask God for the key and to help me lead people to Jesus as he is the key. I do not hate other people who live such lives, although, I can’t say that I long to hang around them. I feel sympathy for them because I simply believe they are bound. I work with them, they tell me their stories, we counsel for depression, oppression, and suicidal tendencies consistently, and many live consistently on mental health medications. Yet, they will claim more emphatically than most that they are free. If that is what freedom consists of, I want none of it. Call me bound to Jesus, however, bonds of love are more desirable to me than bonds of perversion.

    Reason and rationalization are the drugs of choice in this whole thought process and truth is what you make it. When you study this process through the time of the philosophers of old, it led to Nihilism and people simply lived to die with no hope in sight and no conscience. This was their way of justifying their lifestyle. If the soul did not live on, there was no reason to live morally or moderately. What an unhappy society that was.

    I’ve seen people delivered from such. How happy they be. :)( like my english?)

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  3. “Then they came for the homosexuals,
    And I did not speak out because I was not a homosexual. . . .”

    I do not understand homosexual behavior, but I am not about to condemn homosexuals.

    I know two lesbians who adopted twin babies (who had to be removed from their home because they were beaten almost to death in the first few months of their lives by their heterosexual parents). These young people (now 18) have had lives filled with love and nurture. Would they have been better off beaten to death? I think not. Both children are heterosexual.

    These two women did what others did not do: They adopted and raised these abused infants. The children have been to South America with their “Moms” on Mission trips, where their physician mom and physician’s assistant mom provided health care to the poor. They have seen Christian love in action.

    “Then they came for the Christians who forgot what it means to be Christian,
    And I did not speak out for them alone. I spoke for us all.”

    Helen, I commend these two women for having mercy on abused infants. However, that kind action, in my opinion, does not make right their sinful actions of lesbianism. In itself, the performing of one good action does not negate the wrong that person may have done in another arena. A thief is not exonerated of stealing because he does a good deed for his neighbor.

    We differ on this issue, for you have said, “I am not about to condemn homosexuals.”

    For several other reasons, and because the Bible clearly condemns homosexuality, I also condemn homosexuality.

    “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” I Corinthians 6:9-10

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  4. I post quite a bit speaking out against abuse. It is a subject that I am very passionate about. I work with many abuse victims, many children. Stories like this break my heart. I see way past the here and now and into the fragile uphill battles that these children will have to conquer the rest of their lives. I am thankful for a God who is able to heal their broken emotions. I wish our nation, and the Church, would go on the offensive, rather the defensive. We seem to battle abuse AFTER the damage has been done. I know God is able to heal… but how wonderful if He didn’t have to. There is too much of this. Too much. It breaks my heart. This post is a wonderful example of how we, the Church, can take a stand against abuse, not only in the defensive… but on the offensive!! Thank you for this post!

    Thank you Rochelle for your supporting comments, for your obvious caring for abused and otherwise challenged children.

    Fortunately, there are children who go through terrible abuse, and who live in homes with skewed relationships, but who amazingly emerge from childhood, seemingly well adjusted adults. But as you know, there are multiplied others, who because of trauma in their tender years, suffer severely throughout their lifetimes.

    How we need God! How we need His direction as we work in our little space in the world to help people.

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  5. Sis. Buxton, I couldn’t agree with you more. My daughter does foster care and the abuse these children have gone through literally breaks my heart. When I heard about this particular artical you have posted about, it too, tore my heart apart for these children. Your last paragraph says it all. It is time for us as Christians to stand in the gap. We must put on the Whole Armor of Christ and make war against Evil.

    Yes, Jolene, always maintaining a godly, caring spirit, we must continue to fight against satan and his evil ways.

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  6. Esther

    Sis. Buxton, To me, same sex marriage is not really a marriage. It is just smoke and mirrors. Trying to hide behind laws that do not apply. I feel that any homosexuality is abomination in the eyes of God. The bible is very plane on this. This is just as sickening as the father daughter subject. Both make me want to wipe the picture out of my mind. Don’t want it in the same brain that has The Lord Jesus and His purity in it. The news about the polygamist raid is right up there with the other two sickening things. The young age of the girls is the most heart breaking part of this story. Love you………

    Esther, think of the hundreds of children involved here–many of them separated from their parents and placed in foster homes. What dreadful fears and confusion they must be suffering.

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  7. Greetings. We absolutely must stand for truth in a world that’s gone out of it’s way to sanction an array of falsehoods under the guise of tolerance. The situation with the FLDS compound is heartbreaking and reveals, not only the dangers of twisting and adding to scripture, but also the dangers of looking the other way for generations. This tragedy is so huge that we may never know the full extent of it.

    These are very perilous times and as such, we must be strong and do exploits; proclaiming truth in an age when everyone seeks to do that which is right in their own eyes. We must present the “true Jesus” who came to seek and to save that which was lost. Thanks for providing a post in which to comment on this issue.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.

    timbob

    Thank you, Bob, for your affirmation and support.

    A most offending facet of this story surrounds the appearance of holiness. This may be especially offensive to me for I personally believe modesty of dress is taught in the Bible and I try to live by those principles. At the same time, I fully comprehend that the it is the inner man that is telling. Thus it sickens me to observe women dressing in what they have probably been taught by the men as being a way of holiness, while at the same time being subject to rape, other cruelty, and child molestation. It’s an abomination, and is especially revolting as it operates under the auspices of a “church.”

    Tolerance. It is ruining us…we must have the courage to resist those who tell us that what others do is of no concern to us.

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