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    Nov232012

    Interceding For "The Johns"

             *Eve was waiting for him in a glade at the foot of the mountain. When he saw the dark circles under her eyes and the sadness in her face, Rapha wanted nothing more than to toss her over his shoulder and escape.

             “Have they hurt you?”

             “Oh no. It is known whose mother I am. They wouldn’t dare.”

             “Have you seen Cain?”

             “Yes.”

             “How is he?”

             “Miserable. But he is powerful, feared, honored… everything he desired,” she wrinkled her nose in disgust. “Listen,” she hurried on, “I have news and I have only a short time.” Her face crumpled with grief and she struggled to continue. “The child’s mother, Lael, is… has… she took her own life.”

             “Were you able to tell her her daughter is safe?”

             “Yes,” Eve answered, “it was the only time she smiled. But the fear for her child was all she lived for. Once that fear was gone, she stopped living.” Eve shut her eyes tight. “I couldn’t blame her. The things the men did… oh, Rapha, the way they used her.” Eve’s face flushed and she jumped to her feet, tears shedding unheeded as she paced.

             “I am glad she killed the last one to use her! Adonai help me, I am! She rose as he slept, found his blade, slew him, and then… turned it on herself.” Eve fell to her knees, “Oh Adonai! How has Your creation come to this?” The rage and sadness warred across Eve’s face but after a moment’s despair she leapt to her feet to pace again.

              “I took her body to Cain. I screamed at him, of what I thought of his kingdom, of his… these savages he calls warriors. “‘You should die for speaking to me this way,’ he said, and I dared him to do it. I called him a coward and a murderer and begged him to kill me since I could not bear what he has become.”

    Her tirade of words stopped and she wilted to the ground. “That’s when I saw it, Rapha. For one short moment, the Cain I love was looking out of those eyes. He is lost. He is tortured. I want to hate him but… he is my son,”

    *excerpt from THE FALL, chapter titled "Rafe"

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    There are certain victims of sex crimes I’ve never considered praying for—the Johns.

    Not that I really want to pray for them.  Part of me would rather see them strung up old-West style.  But it stands to reason that, even if we see girls rescued and rehabilitated, the guys doing the pimping and buying will just find more victims.  It’s not really addressing the root of the problem.

    But when I consider these men caught in this web, I feel God tugging at my heart to see them through His eyes—to see them as brothers, sons, fathers, etc. who have a dirty reality that makes them believe they are as unredeemable as possible.  They hide and lie and most likely are tormented by demonic possession.  After all, wouldn’t someone need to be demon possessed to want to rape a child? 

    However, in the cold light of day, the broken heart of the wee morning hours is gone.  When I see my kids and think of what I would do to someone who tried to violate them, the death penalty is too lenient.

    But the fact remains that the perpetrators are broken men.  Once they were innocent babies.  How did they become what they are?

    And regardless of what experiences molded them, is Jesus’ blood enough for them too?  Can the pedophile, pervert, and possessed find new life in Christ?

    Thus I found myself, pre-dawn, praying for the three p’s.  I’ve begged God for years to see revival, but I admit spurring me to pray for broken men took some doing.  I didn’t want to think about it.  It’s easier to ignore the cold facts.

    When I think of the miracles of Christ, the one that represents what would be needed for a man caught in this type of perversion is the miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead.  A man caught in those lies and cruelty toward the weak and vulnerable needs total death and resurrection.  For him, it would be spiritual suicide followed by being a completely new creature—“It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”

    But Jesus died to bring just such miracles.  And it’s not my job to judge and condemn.  It’s my job to intercede when God prompts me to intercede.

    Perhaps you are hiding a dirty secret that would ruin reputation, family, business and everything else if it was known.  How desperate are you?  Does it seem suicide is your only option for escape?

    Here’s a better option: commit spiritual suicide.  Throw yourself at the foot of the cross and exchange your life for Christ’s.  Lose your life for His sake and you will find it. 

    There is no better option and you’re never going to get a better deal.  Others may still condemn you, but Christ took on the torture you deserve.  No it’s not fair.  But if we all got what we deserve, we’d all be hanging on a cross for our sins.  It’s called grace—undeserved, but so powerful it can kill the evil that makes you want to die.

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    Reader Comments (2)

    Yes, and thank you for bringing up this difficult topic. We should be praying for the 'Johns'. I actually have a line from book 2 of the Revelation Special Ops series where a character is struggling with this very topic. This sin strikes a chord of primal anger in my heart, but I have to remember that Jesus died for all mankind. There's even a verse, I don't remember where but it was one of Paul's letters, where Paul said that before coming to Christ some were caught up in these sins. But Jesus can redeem, and that is an amazing miracle. Amazing miracle. I pray for these kinds of miracles.

    There's a movie out by Benjamin Nolot of Exodus Cry, a documentary called Nefarious: Merchant of Souls. In the movie there's a man who used to be a both a pimp and a John who Jesus got a hold of and transformed. It's a powerful testimony. You can find out more about the movie and the organization here:
    http://www.exoduscry.com/

    November 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPrecarious Yates

    Thank you so much, Precarious. I love your heart and your viewpoint of redemptive love.
    I will definitely check out exoduscry.com and the movie "Nefarious: Merchant of Souls."
    Right now, as a matter of fact.

    Blessings and joy on your life,
    Chana

    November 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChana

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