Daily Devotional for Wednesday January 31, 2018
Sexual Harassment of Women
(Genesis 1:27; 1 Timothy 2:9; Proverbs 31:10; 31:30)
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Sexual harassment has been one of the big news stories over the past months after the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke this past October. Subsequently, numerous famous, powerful, and influential men have been accused of taking advantage of their position in life to force themselves on physically. It has cost these men their marriages, families, careers, and in many cases millions of dollars! This spotlight on sexual harassment in the workplace has given rise to the “me too” and “time’s up” movements of women designed to empower women, primarily in the workplace on such issues as wage inequality with men and sexual harassment by men.
Much of this stems from a long held societal mindset that women were little more than sex objects. This has been a long-held belief in people groups throughout human history. Even in the year 2018 there are many places around the globe where women are treated as little more than cattle, and in many cases, worth much less. This is a predominant belief of those who practice the false religion of Islam.
The fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world today is the trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation. There are 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today, with between 600,000 and 800,000 trafficked across international borders each year, 80% being women, half being children! Viewing females of any age as nothing but a sexual object is the driving force of this worldwide exploitation
The entertainment and advertising industries that play such a huge role in shaping our culture have made it clear that women are nothing more than sex objects. Through television, radio, movies, music, the internet, and advertising, women are portrayed as sex toys. Our culture today says that a woman has to have a great body, show off as much of it as possible, and is alive simply for the pleasure of men. I have been wondering when women will finally speak up and say , "NO MORE!!!" Well, today, I am!!!
Beyonce professes to be a Christian. Only God knows her heart, but what is the good of standing on stage and thanking Jesus one moment, then seconds later slithering on the floor with virtually nothing on, exposing her body to the world, and singing about illicit sex? Women like Beyonce have literally sold their soul to the god of this world for a few moments of fame and millions of dollars that can buy you whatever this world has to offer, but not the true joy, peace, and abundance that is only available when we are living our lives for Jesus. Sadly, there is an endless supply of women more than willing to sell themselves to be exploited for their sexuality on television, in movies, in the music world, over the internet, and in ads.
Appalling to me has been the trend, especially in the last 5 years, in the Christian music world where young women, trying to compete to be "famous," are being exploited by record companies in the same way women in the secular music industry are exploited. Young women who are singing about Jesus, yet dressing and dancing no different than Lady GaGa.
Also, Memo to Women: The church is not a nightclub! Please, when you dress for church, stop by a mirror before you leave the house and honestly ask yourself if you are dressed to attract men to your body or modestly as God's Word instructs.
It is women as much as men who support the entertainment and advertising industries. Women faithfully watch the television programs, go to the movies, purchase the CDs and concert tickets, visit the websites, and consume the products sold by advertisers that are exploiting women purely for their sexuality. Women as much as men have been brainwashed that they are nothing more than sex objects. They affirm this through their willing participation in, and support of, the entertainment and advertising industries that portray women predominantly as sex objects.
I am amused that on such a critical issue, the women's rights groups have nothing to say. Rather than speak up on a legitimate issue like this, they are busy working for satan to insure women have the right to kill their baby if they want to. Rather than speaking out as women are sexually exploited by the entertainment and advertising industries, portrayed as whores, they spend their time and energy telling women that after you have exercised your "power" to have as much sex with as many people as you want, it is perfectly acceptable to go out and kill your baby when you get pregnant from all of that promiscuous sex.
One of the things God has called me to do in these last days is to stand up in the town square and clearly, boldly, expose the lies of satan and share the truth of God's Word with this lost world. Jesus identified satan as a liar in John 8:44, and one of satan's goals is to tell the lie loud enough and long enough, that people believe the lie to be the truth. GOD IS TRUTH!
When the lie of satan is contrasted with the truth of God, it cannot stand. The truth will win every time. The only way the truth loses is when people are too afraid to stand up and proclaim it! Well, today I am without fear telling you that the lie says a woman is nothing more than a sex object, while God says a woman is created in His very image and has eternal value and worth!!!
Women, I am speaking to you today. It is up to YOU to stand up and say, "NO MORE" to this lie from satan. You are NOT a sex object, alive simply for the pleasure of men. For those who have been blessed and gifted by God to act, you have got to say NO to those roles on television and in the movies that portray you as just a sex object.
For those who have the gift to sing, you have got to say NO to singing songs that promote everything God is against. When you perform, don't dress like you are working in a strip joint and don't use choreography that makes it look like you are having sex. For those who have been blessed with what the advertising world considers beauty, you don't have to allow yourself to be exploited sexually just to sell some product.
WOMEN IN THE ENTERTAINMENT AND ADVERTISING INDUSTRIES HAVE GOT TO DECIDE IF SELLING THEMSELVES IS WORTH THE FEW MOMENTS OF FAME AND LITTLE MONEY THAT IT MAY BRING.
All women can have a voice. You can say "NO MORE" by not watching television programs, going to movies, buying music, going to websites, purchasing products where women are being exploited sexually. As long as you watch, as long as you listen, as long as you buy, the entertainment and advertising industries will continue to treat women as nothing more than sex objects!
Men, we don't get a pass either, after all, WE ARE THE PRIMARY TARGET AUDIENCE! Between the confusion over our God-given roles, the lack of a strong male figure in the lives of many young men, the instant access of porn, we are the ones who have bought the lie that women are nothing more than sex objects, simply alive for our pleasure. Most men have no idea how special a woman is. They look at women simply as an object of lust and sexual desire. This is the lie the world has told us loud enough and long enough, that today we believe it to be true.
As long as men continue to be consumers of what the entertainment and advertising industries put out, these industries will continue to tell us that women are nothing more than sex objects. Remember this men, the woman you are lusting after is somebody's mother, somebody's daughter, somebody's sister, somebody's granddaughter! That woman was created by God, not for your lusts and desires, but to serve and glorify Him with their life.
I love you and care about you so much. MEN, SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF WOMEN IS NEVER ACCEPTABLE! Women, you are NOT sex objects. You have been created in the very image of God and have eternal worth. He loves you, and you are His perfect creation. God did not create you to be a toy for men's passions, but to serve and glorify Him with your lives. Regardless of what the world calls beauty, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL because of who you are in Christ!
It is Christ, not the world that makes you beautiful. It is the unconditional love God has for you that makes you special, not how many men lust after you. You are not on this earth to please men, but please God. Women, you are created in the image of God, daughters of a King, with an eternal inheritance worth more than all of the gold and silver this world can offer. Don't sell your body for the scraps of this world when you already have the riches of Heaven!
I will be praying for you today. For those women gifted and fortunate enough to work in the entertainment and advertising industries, I will pray for you to have the courage to say no when asked to exploit yourself sexually.
For all women, I pray that you will be aware of how women are being sold to this world as nothing more than sex objects and that you will not support those entertainment and advertising entities that exploit women in this way.
For men: I pray that we will open our hearts and realize that women were not put on this earth for us to lust after and conquer sexually. THE ONLY WOMAN WE ARE ALLOWED TO DESIRE AND HAVE SEXUALLY IS OUR WIFE!!! ALL OTHER WOMEN ARE OFF LIMITS!!!
>From the beginning of man, women for the most part have been treated as nothing more than sex objects. The entertainment and adverting industries of our day continue to exploit women in this way. The key is to see men and women saved and come to an understanding of who they are in Christ. A woman is not a sex toy, but an amazing creation of God made in His image. She has been created to serve God with her life. The lie of satan is that a woman is simply a sex object.
It is time for men and women who know the Truth to stand up and say, NO MORE!"
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