Psalm 25:6 Remember, O LORD, Your compassion and Your lovingkindnesses, for they have been from of old.
Psalm 145:9 The LORD is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works.
Daniel 9:9 To the Lord our God belong compassion and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against Him…
“I have been a part of fighting demand since 2007,” Christine Clarity McDonald.
See Christine in this featured story by Fox 4 News in Kansas City, MO. Video provided in the story that aired on television.
Our compassion should be guided by God’s compassion, not dependent on age or gender or how a person got in their situation in the first place. After all, when we engage with these individuals who are over 18 and learn how they entered the world of commercial sexual exploitation, we find that more often than not their victimization began as a child. Why then do we have such a hard time viewing adults as victims and worthy of our love when they are recovered or reach out for services?
It is because we, the outsiders, looking in with our judgments and our continued labels, have built these barriers. These barriers, coupled with the existing internal challenges these individuals face, stand in the way of their chance to soar and flourish into the creatures that our Creator has designed them to be.
I could go on here, but the point is simple: The hurt caused by trauma is the very same to the prostituted individual as it is to the homeless person, or to the individual suffering from mental illness, or the college student, or the elderly lady down the street, or the professional, or the fellow church members. We must recover compassion.
“Love your neighbor, all of ’em.” -Christine Clarity McDonald
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