How to become a monster

“They are monsters!”

“What kind of a person could do such a thing?”

I serve on the Board of Trustees for Blackbox International, which provides hope and help for trafficked boys. While our focus is on caring for the boys, we can’t help but be dismayed by the fact that there are people responsible for atrocities committed to children. You’ve probably felt similar emotions. These people are vicious, scheming and ruthless. Monsters.

Surely, their childhood dreams did not consist of trafficking kids for profit. How did they get there?

Proverbs 5-7 provides stern warning against sexual sin. In chapter 7, the picture is painted of a foolish lad being enticed and trapped by a prostitute. To him, it seems like a night of fun, but horror awaits. It will cost him his very life (vs 23). He will not rebound. There is no recovery.

“Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.”  (Prov. 7:27)

Many a fool has assumed that they can nibble on a crumb of sin and not be snared. And many a fool has been snared by their Enemy. They’ve been crushed. Their soul has turned to pitch. And the scary thing is that this is just the natural progression.

“But each one is tempted when, by his own evil desires, he is dragged away and enticed. Then when that desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is full-grown, it gives birth to death.”          (James 1:14)

So how does one become a monster? a trafficker? a slave owner? It begins with one unchecked sin.

But there is good news. God offers forgiveness and healing for all. If a monster like Paul can come to salvation (Acts 9), so can anyone on the path to the destruction.

So deal with your little sins now. Pray for those entangled in sin. Warn them in love. Cling to God’s grace. And in the end, the only real monster, the Devil, will lose the war. Good will triumph. Jesus will reign.

It’s not just a battle in the realm of trafficking. It’s a battle that begins in the hearts of men and women.  Don’t neglect the nurturing of your own heart as you join us in this effort. Thank you for partnering with us.

Brian Jennings, Trustee, blogs at http://brianjenningsblog.com

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