I am often asked a question similar to the following: ”What is it that drives GRACE to spend untold hours listening, teaching, counseling, consulting, investigating, encouraging, and praying about those who have been devastated by the sin (and crime) of child abuse?” Ultimately, what propels each of us to spend our lives equipping the Christian community to confront this destructive sin is our love and adoration of our Heavenly Father. Let me try and explain what I mean by this……
In Mark 9:37, Jesus says, Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me. These are striking and powerful words from the Son of God. The plain reading of this passage simply means that our embrace of God is demonstrated and exhibited by how we love His little ones. Wow, think about that truth spoken from the lips of God Himself. We love Him through the loving of children. Or put another way, we reject God by and through the pushing away of His children.
The tragic truth is that abuse pushes children away from God..and this is one of Satan’s most successful secrets. The Westminster Shorter Catechism says that Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever. In other words, the purpose for the life God has breathed into each one of us is to be His worshippers. This purpose is hated by Satan whose chief objective is to rob God of all worship. Since man’s chief end is worship, Satan robs God of this worship through the destruction of man. It doesn’t take long before we realize that Satan starts by destroying the most venerable of worshippers…those who are weakest…children! A not so old study found that 2/3 of all people who embrace Christ do so before their 18th birthday. Thus, it shouldnt come as a surprise that Satan is tirelessly working to destroy children in order to prevent them from spending a lifetime worshipping God. Don’t you see this satanic agenda of robbing God of worship by preventing children from experiencing the love of Christ? This is the ultimate of spiritual warfare!
It is the worship of our great God, and the realization that Satan’s purposes are to rob God of His worship through the destruction of His worshippers..beginning with precious children…that drives the heart and soul of GRACE. This truth would be too overwhelming but for the glorious fact that it is by the work and power of God that we press forward. John 1:4-5 says, In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shine in darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. God is telling us that worship is preserved and restored through His work on the cross which has conquered darkness. What an incredible promise from our incredible God! We are merely God’s imperfect agents used by Him to restore His worship by and through confronting, addressing, and responding, to the sin of child abuse. Please pray that God will bring forth His people to be His agents of light in this very very dark place.