We all inherently know it. When we watch movies, read books, or even watch the news, we know evil when we see it. We are all wired to recognize that there are things in this world that are good: love, heroism, generosity, happiness. We can also all recognize when things aren’t the way they’re supposed to be. Child sex trafficking is something that humans universally recognize as evil. Where does that come from? Is it just society or years of evolution that tell us this or is it because we are made in God’s very image with inherent values that point us back to our Creator?
Moral relativism is the idea that all moral claims, principles, and facts (if there are any) are situational and there are no absolute rights and wrongs for all situations and all times. Therefore, it’s not okay for anyone to push their morality on others because what may be wrong for one person in one situation, is right for another at another time.
Child sex trafficking and online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) are two very clear counterexamples to the efficacy of moral relativism. I am hard-pressed to find anyone who, with a straight face, is willing to say that lying to a child or coercing a child in order to ultimately exploit and sexually abuse that child for a personal monetary profit multiple times a day can ever be right in any situation…EVER. That’s because it’s nonsensical and absurd to say that.
The evil we are stepping into at 1Saved is evil for so many reasons but here, I will highlight three:
If you look in the creation account in Genesis1, every creature is created “according to its kind” but when man (and woman) are created, they are created according to God’s image and charged to rule over creation and to be his representatives and stewards on the earth while always pointing glory to the one whose image we bear. By abusing and harming others for personal gain, we marr their image and act as if they are of no value.
Jesus tells us that the greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. But then the second is to love our neighbor as ourselves. No one I know of seems to have much trouble with the loving yourself part. Children certainly do not need to be taught to be self-loving. But I personally struggle greatly with loving God with everything I have and loving others like I love myself. And I know I’m not alone in this regard. Love, as exampled by Jesus is a humbling of oneself for the betterment of others and prostituting, abusing, or raping a child for personal satisfaction goes against our calling and against what gives us true joy.
God is the author of sex and when he charged Adam & Eve to multiply and fill the earth, He sure did make it fun. But I think that the sinfulness of the human heart is best displayed in all the ways that we can come up with to idolize, pervert, and marr this amazing gift that God has given us to enjoy. Child sex trafficking and online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) are prime examples of this.