What We Celebrate

By: Gabriela Yareliz

When you have witnessed someone’s pain after they have experienced sex trafficking, and sexual abuse and assault, pornography and the culture’s obsession with sex doesn’t seem as innocent.

When you have witnessed a person’s struggle, someone who has fled domestic violence or abuse where alcoholism or drugs fueled the abuser, drinking doesn’t seem as glamorous.

When you have witnessed a child grow up without a father because of a teenage pregnancy or you meet a young woman who lived pregnant and alone in her car, partying and casual sex don’t seem so freeing.

When you witness a funeral, violence doesn’t seem as exciting.

When you have witnessed someone’s ruin and spiral out of control and you have seen someone’s emptiness, addictions don’t seem insignificant.

Why do we listen to and watch things that reflect a culture that is confused and broken? Don’t we know that when we become slaves to something, we are the ones who end up broken, and we break hearts around us? Don’t we know that we become changed by what we decide to behold?

If we saw the reality of things, if we saw the consequences of many things we celebrate, applaud and accept, if we saw the lives broken around us, if we cared… Things would be different.

As 2015 begins, remember to think about who you want to be, what you want to support, and choose accordingly.

It is said that the pure in heart will see God, and it is likely only the pure in heart want to see God. I pray that we can take the following words to heart: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8

“What you applaud, you encourage, but beware what you celebrate…” Ravi Zacharias

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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