Friday, August 4, 2023

Sound of Freedom Movie

 The photo above is of a sculpture I saw during a visit to the Polasek Museum in Winter Park, Florida. The image is titled "Mother Crying Over The World" by Albin Polasek. **

 I was so struck by this image.  It depicts my grieving heart  in a tactical form when I think of children being abused.

 For that reason, I didn't want to see the movie, Sound of Freedom.  I stayed away because I know I could not bear to see a child abused on the big screen.  But many of my friends encouraged me to go, and told me I wouldn't see anything like that. We went to see the movie  - and stayed to see the special message at the end. I still had to close my eyes sometimes, and at times I didn't read what was said in Spanish. I'm just like that - but when we got in the car, I broke down crying. I knew about child and adult trafficking, but this movie vividly portrayed it.

I agree with Yeshua - these evil people are beyond rehabilitation - and they deserve death. These three disciples remember and recorded the message He spoke:  

"Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea." ~ Matthew 18:6 (NKJV)
 "But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea." ~ Mark 9:42 (NKJV)
"It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones."~ Luke 17:2 (NKJV)
I can hear someone out there saying, "Where's the love?"  Why would Yeshua say something so harsh?  
I've pondered this and prayed about this question.  I believe it's because people can become so depraved that they are beyond hope.  They have no conscience.  No mercy.  No empathy for others.  Some even enjoy hurting others.  
I've known some personally.  I tried to love them and show them God's ways.  They refused over and over again -- and became even more depraved.  I've seen them die in that sin.  I've watched them pass away without ever even feeling sorry...without ever asking forgiveness of the ones they abused.  Without ever even wanting to make amends.  Why? Because they were depraved.   This passage is very clear about how they become that way:  Romas 1:18 - 32 Please read this out loud very slowly

18 What is revealed is God’s anger from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people who in their wickedness keep suppressing the truth; 19 because what is known about God is plain to them, since God has made it plain to them. 20 For ever since the creation of the universe his invisible qualities — both his eternal power and his divine nature — have been clearly seen, because they can be understood from what he has made. Therefore, they have no excuse; 21 because, although they know who God is, they do not glorify him as God or thank him. On the contrary, they have become futile in their thinking; and their undiscerning hearts have become darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they have become fools! 23 In fact, they have exchanged the glory of the immortal God for mere images, like a mortal human being, or like birds, animals or reptiles!

24 This is why God has given them up to the vileness of their hearts’ lusts, to the shameful misuse of each other’s bodies. 25 They have exchanged the truth of God for falsehood, by worshipping and serving created things, rather than the Creator — praised be he for ever. Amen

  26 This is why God has given them up to degrading passions; so that their women exchange natural sexual relations for unnatural; 27 and likewise the men, giving up natural relations with the opposite sex, burn with passion for one another, men committing shameful acts with other men and receiving in their own persons the penalty appropriate to their perversion. 28 In other words, since they have not considered God worth knowing, God has given them up to worthless ways of thinking; so that they do improper things. 29 They are filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and vice; stuffed with jealousy, murder, quarrelling, dishonesty and ill-will; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God; they are insolent, arrogant and boastful; they plan evil schemes; they disobey their parents; 31 they are brainless, faithless, heartless and ruthless. 32 They know well enough God’s righteous decree that people who do such things deserve to die; yet not only do they keep doing them, but they applaud others who do the same."

Yeshua knew that some will reject Him and continue to live in their sin and continue to hurt others, so that's why He said they should just commit suicide in order to avoid hurting more people.  Remember Judas?

In the days after I watched Sound of Freedom,  I thought about what we can do (in addition to what he said at the end). 

(1)Support any local group that works to end trafficking and/or helps those rescued from it. 

(2) Keep our eyes open for indications of trafficking around us and report them to the police. 

(3) Push for laws that give human traffickers the death penalty. 

(4) Teach children how to deal with strangers. 

(5) Hold your little ones by the hand when out shopping.

 (6) Vote for Trump because I believe he will work to take down the criminals in our country that are involved. 

(7) Pray (probably should have put that one first).  I have a dear friend who always says, "Pray...and put feet to your prayers!"

If you have more ideas. Please tell me. And I do encourage everyone to see this movie before it leaves your area.

** Here's the post I made about my trip to the Polasek Museum.



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