Children who experience sexual abuse often suffer from the damage the rest of their lives. Through personal discussion with people who were abused as children, many relate their inability to relate appropriately in life and in marriage. The epidemic is worse than publicly reported.
In an effort to make our society more politically correct and open to all kinds of relationships, the opportunities for adults to prey upon children are becoming more numerous. Some parents encourage their children to function as someone of the opposite gender creating a dilemma regarding the use of public washrooms. In some places, if a child born with male genitals decides he wants to be a girl, he is allowed to use the female washroom.
Adults wanting a sexual experience with a child create a lifetime of misery for the child. By any standard of right and wrong, this is wrong to the extreme.
Jesus warned us by the judgment He pronounced on people who would harm a child – it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around His neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
For those who have been harmed, the way to an abundant life is through forgiveness and faith in Jesus to bring complete healing. The memories are not wiped away although they may become faded, but the ability to identify the harm and receive God’s grace will bring restoration.
For those who have been the abusers, the way to real restoration can only be found through confession, repentance, and submission to Christ. This may seem impossible, but with Christ, all things are possible. Repentance means coming clean on what you’ve done and turning from it so as to never allow yourself to do it again. In Christ’s strength, this is possible – on your own, very unlikely.
He called a child to Himself and set him before them, 3 and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; 6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven.”
So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish (Matthew 18:2-6, 10, 14).