Gone are the days that kids could just be kids.
In an age where the lines continue to be blurred whether it be the lines between: male and female, right and wrong or justice and injustice. It’s no shock that now the lines between children and adults are also beginning to be blurred.
Netflix had recently been engulfed in a fire of controversy as people called them out for sexualising children after they announced that a French film by the name of ‘Mignonnes’ (Cuties) would be released on the platform on September 9th. The poster used for the film which appeared at the Sun-dance film festival showed a picture of four girls aged 11 in outfits and posing in a way that can only be described by any human being with even an ounce of rationale, as provocative and extremely inappropriate. Please see below.
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The description that accompanied the poster is perhaps the icing on the cake of this entire fiasco. The original description before it was “updated” by Netflix read: “Amy, 11, becomes fascinated with a twerking dance crew. Hoping to join them, she starts to explore her femininity, defying her family's traditions.” The description was later changed to “Eleven-year old Amy starts to rebel against her conservative family’s traditions when she becomes fascinated with a free-spirited dance crew.”
But despite Netflix’s attempt to rectify the issue, it was too late, the damage had already been done. The image of the poster and the description already began to circulate and it set off a wave of outrage. And rightly so.
The poster itself not only sexualises children, but it is also reflective of the current conditioning of the world we live in. We live in a world where boundaries no longer matter all in the name of “equality” and “being free” a word which coincidentally is also featured in the updated description of the film.
The matter of the fact is, these are children and it seems that children are not being allowed to be just that anymore. With growing pressure on people in general to look a certain way and have certain things, today it is getting harder and harder to even distinguish an 11 year old from a 19 year old because of children's access to so much. A heartbreaking tweet went viral just a few days ago where the person shared an experience they had just had with their younger sibling. The person stated that they found their 12 year old sister crying as she told her sibling how awful she looked. Her sibling then asked the young girl what she wanted to look like and she proceeded to produce a photograph of an Instagram model who had clearly had enhancements done to her body.
This is the world we live in! A world where a 12 year old, who in my opinion is still a baby, wants to have curves and a figure that even the individual flaunting it didn’t have before going under the knife. We live in a world where everyone wants to be “free” and yet we don’t realize that we’re falling deeper into bondage.
As people march the streets, boycott brands and encourage the pursuit of “freedom” we don’t realize that we’re being increasingly bound by unrealistic expectations, lies presented as truths and self destructive behaviors, which is not only poisoning our minds, but also the minds of our children.
We’re losing them.
Not due to a pandemic or some form of illness that is savagely killing our children, but instead to a hypersexualsied world that is even starting to throw words around like: “trans-age”. A word that just shows you how far the enemy is willing to go for his agenda as he brainwashes people into thinking that what was once good is bad and that what was once bad is ultimately good or in the language of today “just personal preference or choice”. Let’s take “trans-age” for example, it doesn’t take a rock scientist to realize that this is just another way to validate pedophiles “preference” for children who are unable to give consent to any form of sexual activity.
And yet even in the midst of this all, we can’t forget that key word that has been ringing prophetically since the beginning of this year: justice. Our God is and will always be a God of justice. What we are seeing today is nothing that should shock, disappoint us, maybe, but certainly not shock us, as we were warned of it before.
Isaiah 5:20 reads:
“Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil, who put darkness for light
and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”
Doesn’t this sound like the days we’re living in today? Where everything seems to be the opposite of what it’s supposed to be.
But Psalm 89: 13 - 15 reminds us that:
“Your arm is endowed with power; your hand is strong, your right hand exalted. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you. Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.”
Things may look like they’re becoming increasingly worrying, but what then would be our assignment? It’s time for the kingdom to come so his will can be done, on this very earth as it is in heaven, and right now the world needs it more than ever!
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