College students today don't remember life without the internet. Incredible yet terrifying. They have been exposed to more online media sexualization than any other generation before them and the effects are felt. Having been a missionary to college student since 2001, I thought I had heard it all. I was no longer shocked by the sin and darkness and I have seen Jesus rescue sweet ones from.
But the last two weeks have been... I'm not even sure how to describe it. Jaw-dropping. More same-sex attraction, orgies and boundary breaking than any would imagine. My heart breaks. It's like satan's left hook. Sexual sin, sin against our own body leaving effects that echo for decades. Hardening a pure heart and the pure in heart are those that see God. My heart breaks.
On the outside people see immodest dress, crazy hair, crudeness. The inside is a very different picture. Broken. The point isn't to try to fix the outside, for "from within the heart the mouth speaks". What is happening on the outside is but a reflection of the inside. We don't want to dress up the outside without letting Jesus clean the whole vessel.
But just like in Cambodia, the darkest places the Lord shines the brightest. He plows right through the sin and brings forth beauty. Like Jesus in the womb, light breaks forth. God makes Himself famous.
I am so grateful God led me to be reading through 2nd Samuel right now, so timely for the brokenness as a result of sin I see. I see the same thing in David. Sexual sin causing devestating effects. Death.
He wasnt surprized, He wasn't thrown off. Jesus was born from the line of Solomon, son of David and Bathsheba! The very relationship that was detestable God used to bring life to the world! What!?? No sin is too big, too awful, too horrifying that God can't make Himself famous through it. What hope for these broken students doing shameful acts. Jesus. The hope of the world.
The more we see sin, the more we need to cling to the all-sufficient cross of Christ. Oh Lord, let us be people who see the heart and are willing to come along side and be vessels of restoration. Please gently lower the pointing fingers at these broken ones and instead be the ones to lay them on stretchers and carry them to the doctor, You. Heal Lord. Save, Rescue, Redeem, heal these broken-hearted and make Yourself famous through thier stories.
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