Dad: My daughter’s starting a new business…

What father wouldn’t want to help his child get his or her new business started on the right foot?  If you had the ability and contacts as a parent, wouldn’t you let your friends, colleagues, golfing and fishing buddies know about your child’s new venture?  Pass out business cards?  Ask them to help your kid get started?

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What parent wouldn’t help their child any way they could?

Now imagine your 22-year old daughter is auctioning her virginity on e-bay.  Perhaps she’s marketing information services only and has launched her own porn site?  Maybe she’s more professional and has become, well, a professional. 

Would you call your friends and pass out her business card, asking them to bid on her auction, log-on to her XXX site, or become one of her clients? 

If you (like most parents) wouldn’t dream of promoting one of your own children’s career in promiscuity, you might think about your own personal stand on the issue of pornography and prostitution. 

This is not a “victimless” crime or a “victimless” pastime. 

The reason we cringe when we think of our own sons and daughters in these careers is that our spirits bear witness to how very wrong it is. 

And if you’re a Christian, you don’t have to dig too deep into the Bible to discover how God feels about it.  Indeed, Jesus calls viewing pornography, adultery.  Cut and dry.  No rationalizing it.  No getting around it.  That’s just the way it is.

And sadly, it should not come as a mystery that this issue is epidemic in the church.  We are ignoring it, looking the other way, making excuses, keeping secrets.  It is a cancer that is destroying families and congregations from the inside out.  The devil has a vast playground as secret sins stay in the darkness. 

Prison Light by Dani Batz.

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Are you or someone you know grappling with pornography or promiscuity?  My prayer is that you bring that sin straight to the foot of the cross, and allow your merciful and loving Savior to free you from the prison you’re in.  There is a way out.  His name is Jesus.

And for those of us who call ourselves Christians, we best pause for a moment lest we get caught up in our self-righteous judgment of people like the seller in the ebay-virginity auction.  Instead, how about we pray for the Lord to draw her to Himself, to heal all her wounds, and to provide for all her needs according to His riches and glory in Christ Jesus? 

Know somebody who is struggling?  Pray for them.  Especially if it’s your daughter.  Especially if it’s you.


7 Responses to “Dad: My daughter’s starting a new business…”

  1. 1 Ann January 27, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    I confess my struggle with griping and complaining about the truth of all this and not praying more about it! Thank you for an honest look at this whole BUSINESS and the conviction it stirred in me to talk to God about it instead of complain!

  2. 2 missy February 13, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    This is something that isn’t preached in churches enough! Maybe it’s the embarrassment factor, maybe it’s too sensitive for children, but we (as a church whole) should just get over it. Too many men (and women) struggle with this and ignore the spiritual implications. Good for you, for calling it out!

  3. 3 Kim P March 23, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    I’m so glad you brought up this subject. Our culture is promoting this addiction to promiscuity and pornography with terms like “freedom” and “self expression.” If we don’t wake up in the church first, how can we possibly reach anyone else? May God send His angels to protect our hearts, eyes, minds, and souls!

  4. 4 altonwoods April 2, 2009 at 2:52 am

    Perhaps what I find most confounding about the sin of adultery is that not only is it a sin in and of itself, but it also feels like a sin to reach out for help or to find a brother to love and lift you up, and hold you accountable, instead of judge you and make you regret ever bringing it up.I suppose that I really need to find an altar and just bust it wide open but I can’t seem to bring myself to do it. I have a church I attend but there aren’t any type of mens groups, (it’s a small church) I know that there is a friend who is closer than a brother, and I know that He is faithful always to deliver me when I call upon his name because He has time and time again. It just never seems to end, but this is what I hold on to…

    I may not be what I should be,
    But praise God I’m not what I used to be!

    My struggle is to not let the enemy take that away from me.

    To finish the race well that’s set out before me.

    Thank you for posting this, It’s helped me greatly to be reminded that the Holy Spirit cares about every aspect of my life and that His gentle guiding hand is there. That compassion and forgiveness are mine.

  5. 5 donkimrey April 23, 2009 at 3:26 am

    I just read your comments on John’s blog (?). And appreciated what you said and wanted to look further and listen more closely to what you had to say.
    Sounds to me like you are very level-headed and would be a wise, good friend.

    When there are opportunities, I’ll certainly re-visit your site. I’ll also pray for your efforts, since you seem to me to be dedicated to knowing Christ and getting His “points” across.

    • 6 shannonsays April 23, 2009 at 2:56 pm

      Thanks for your feedback and your encouragement. I haven’t had the opportunity to write in awhile and your comments (among others) have given me the nudge to get back into the swing of things! We just never know the impact we’ll have on another person. Again, thanks!

  6. 7 Joe April 26, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Hi Shannon,

    I’m glad to see you’ve started posting again. We’ve missed your blog these last few months. Hope you will start writing more regularly again !

    God bless !

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