Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Changing the World...

So you know that if I am up early blogging that there is probably something bothering me--otherwise I'd be asleep in my warm bed at 6 a.m.. Yesterday, I was listening to the radio in the morning, and it said that they were warning staffers at the capitol that there would be an unusual amount of e-mail today because Oprah was doing a show on child pornography in America, and was going to be encouraging her listeners, (some 8 million), to call and urge passage of a new bill, Senate bill 1738, the PROTECT our Children Act of 2008. Now, I rarely watch Oprah anymore, she has become a little wacky in the last few years with her political views, and I quit watching her. But I was interested in watching this show to see what it was all about, so I recorded it so I could watch it later, after my kids were in bed.
All I can say is I'm glad that I recorded it, because some of the parts were just too graphic and I had to fast forward through them. The pictures were blocked out, but just the subject matter was very disturbing, and hard to watch. I know that this problem, child pornography and molestation of children goes on, it has for ages, but with the internet, it is just so much more pervasive in society then it used to be. So many more people are able to be involved in it because of the anonymity that the internet gives them, and so many more children are being victimized then ever before. I had tears in my eyes as they told story after story of the victims of this crime, children of all ages, some even infants. She urged her viewers to go online to http://www.senate.gov to urge passage of the bill I mentioned earlier, which would give more money and resources to law enforcement to deal with this problem. They aren't able to track down these guys because there are just not enough resources to deal with the magnitude of the problem. It's not much, but it's something you can do--and I did it.
Sometimes I get so frustrated when I look at the evil in the world, and think about what my children have to face every day. It's so disheartening to look around you, and watch the news, and realize that there is not much I can do to change the world. I am just one person after all, and who would listen to me anyway? But I do think that if good people in the world unite, and good people vote, and become involved in our communities, in our neighborhoods, that we can help to change society in a positive way. We have to band together, to change hearts and minds, and stand up against Satan, and the evil in this world. I feel like there isn't much I can do sometimes, because I'm a stay at home mom, and I am so wrapped up in doing things for my family and my children. But then I realize that I am doing something so important--raising good, strong, valiant children, who can then go out and share the gospel with others, and who will raise righteous children of their own. This is an important work--the most important work I can be doing. There will come a time, when all of my children are in school, and I have a little more time on my hands, when I can be more involved in changing the world. I look forward to that day--I am grateful especially to those who are trying to change the world already--like Todd's parents and others who are serving a mission. The only way to change people is to teach them the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the Gospel that keeps me going, that gives me hope in my life, and that tells me that even though there is evil all around us--we can defeat it! We can overcome the trials and temptations in this world, and so can our children, if we teach them to be strong. Yes, I'm only one person, but I can do something to change the world--and so can you!

3 comments:

Erin said...

The world is becoming a very scary place...You are doing a great job with your family and doing your part!

Kathy P said...

Well said Tami,

I agree. We all need to do what we can. If there is anything worth fighting, it is this terrible crime against our children. Thanks for the insight!

The Jarvis Family said...

Amen! It seems overwhelming sometime, and then wondering what in the world can we can do to make a difference. Loved your thoughts about this as I have worried about what I should be doing to make my voice heard. Thanks for the encouragement.

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