Today I saw a picture of a little girl's lifeless body. She did not have a head. She had just been brutally beheaded because she was from a Christian family.
ISIS had decided that she was not worthy of living because her parents were believers in Christ.
Besides the initial shock of seeing this picture on the internet, I was more surprised by my final feeling.
Let me explain.
The atrocities that are happening right now in Iraq have me unnerved.
I am shocked and appalled that this is happening to my brothers and sisters in Christ.
I am unnerved because I fear raising children in a world like this.
I am unnerved because I don't want to watch my son be beheaded.
I am unnerved because I don't want to be raped and then have my neck slit open so that the blood can slowly be drained from my body.
I am unnerved because I don't want my husband to be hanged.
I know you are probably thinking that those thoughts are horrific and could never happen in the states, but they could.
It could happen.
It will happen one day.
Maybe not in my time or my son's time, but it will happen one day.
It is happening right now in Iraq and other countries, to our sisters and brothers.
Scripture tells us that we will be persecuted.
So, I am unnerved.
But what scared me the most today, or I should say surprised me the most, was the fact that after my initial shock of seeing this little girl without a head, I realized that it did not faze me that much.
Because, I see stuff like that all the time when I watch TV.
My husband and I watch Walking Dead (insert judgement here).
We watch all kinds of action movies and shows where people are stabbed, strangled, choked to death, and beheaded.
This is normal.
This is on TV.
This is in our homes.
So today, when I saw that little girl who's precious life was taken from her, I didn't react the way I should have.
Seeing something like that should have made me throw up in my mouth.
Seeing a little girl with no head should have made me cry out in horror.
It should have made me scream.
It should have taken my breath away.
Instead, I just turned the screen toward my husband and said, "Did you see this??" He said yes, and we went back to watching a show with our friends.
So my question is this: What is TV doing to us?
Are we seeing too much fake death and gore to have human guttural reactions to real life death and gore?
To me, this is a wake up call.
My husband and I have both taken up the stand to not watch anything on TV or in movies that involves nudity or barely clothed women.
We miss a lot of funny movies, and even some good action movies because we don't want to allow ourselves to see that kind of filth.
We don't want to give money to something that glorifies sex in a way that it was not meant to be glorified.
But what about gore and murder? (I do not like horror movies in general. For some reason I just like Walking Dead...)
What about action movies that have a lot of shootings and stabbings?
I am starting to think that these are just as bad as pornography in movies and scantily clad women on TV.
I don't want my reaction to a beheaded little girl to only last 1 second, and then I forget about it.
I want it to haunt me.
I want it to be burned into my brain so that I don't stop praying for my family in Iraq.
For these innocent.
I don't ever want my son to be numb to something like that.
These beheading, hangings and horrific murders are an outrage, and yet, it is almost normal because I see things like this every day on TV and in the movies.
So, what do we do?
When do we take our stand against violence as some of us have done against pornography?
Romans 14:19 says, "So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another."
I guess I have the answer.
I don't like it.
I love action films.
I don't want to stop watching them.
I know I won't be watching Walking Dead this season, but what other steps do I need to take to pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another?