Our world is a mess.
How do I know?
1. Family entertainment now consists of a "superstar" strutting around in lingerie on national tv... and everyone raving about how amazing it was. Personally... I call stuff like that soft porn. It's something I never want my daughter to see. I hope she never "looks up" to something like that and decides she wants to be like that. It's just not a great example.
2. Pretty Woman. Ask a group of girls what their favorite movie is and you will have many of them answering with Pretty Woman. I used to like that movie too... but now I hate it and I hate the fact that I ever liked it. Why? Because I've learned about the reality of prostitutes and frankly, Pretty Woman makes it look glamorous... like it's an easy way to land a nice, rich guy. It doesn't work like that. Not even close. Even Richard Gere isn't real big on the idea of the movie. He says that "it made those guys seem dashing, which was so wrong." (source) He's right. It IS wrong. But everyone loves it anyways.
3. Do you know the number one selling video game at Target and Walmart (at the time Somebody's Daughter by Julian Sher was published in 2011)? Let me just quote the book...
These days, in the biggest-selling video game of all time, Grand Theft Auto IV, you can pick up a prostitute, have sex, then kill her and get your money back. YouTube offers over fifty videos from various Grand Theft players who discuss their favorite ways of killing the women, from stabbing to a simple bullet in the head.
Shocking. The number one selling game. Why are people buying stuff like this?
Because our world is a mess.
What do we do with messes?
We clean them up.
I know the world is a huge place and I can't clean the entire thing. BUT I can start with my circles of influence. I can stand up for moral integrity. I can encourage modesty. I can make sure that my home is a safe place for my family. I can share the truths about prostitutes and how many of them are underage children being trafficked as slaves.
I can do my part in my place.