Whilst trawling the news on Google, today I came across a very disturbing story that caused me to start wondering what on Earth is wrong with the society we have created. Let me warn you that the following paragraph, which contains the barest detail of the incident, is still very shocking indeed.
Apparently, a young boy just three years old, has been sold for the purpose of sex and for the price of a meth fix according this article. It is reported that, having endured horrific torture, the boy is now in hospital in a critical condition, fighting for his life. According to the police, he apparently suffered for a period of 18 hours before he was finally taken to the Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma city, USA.
Any right-thinking person will be shocked and saddened by the news and perhaps also left wondering about the kind of a society that produces individuals who are capable of committing such a diabolical crime. In this case, with the mother of the boy involved, it is even more unfathomable. It is an incident that will no doubt cause many to reflect on possible social causes.
Although there are absolutely no excuses for what she did and there is no way her actions can be defended, we are still left to wonder: was the mother also abused when she was younger; did she really understand what was going to subsequently happen to her child (or was she so far ‘out-of-it’ on meth); and how could this poor unfortunate child have been allowed to live with a meth addict in the first place?
Of course, there will be those who will want to know where God was in this situation and there are, of course, no good answers. We know that standing up for those who cannot defend themselves, including widows and orphans, is a principle that recurs throughout the Bible and so my understanding is that, in this life, it is up to us to do the work of God by helping to make this world a better place.
In this case, there will be many who will want to see the perpetrators of this dreadful act brought to justice and so should they. However, the problems of our society run much deeper. I believe that we need to be looking at the causes of this kind of irrational, unfeeling and downright evil behaviour and working out how we can eliminate it from our society for the benefit of future generations.
We should not tolerate those who commit barbarous acts against other human beings, especially those who cannot defend themselves for one reason or another. With a proper will to do so, I believe that solutions can be found to society’s ills. Underlying causes can be found and addressed if we have the collective will. Is this idealistic? Perhaps. But we need ideals and we owe it to that poor boy – all of us! I do hope and pray that he makes a full recovery.