Heartprints

Superbowl Fun and Games

Maybe you’ve heard that Dallas is hosting the Superbowl. People will be flocking to our city seeking fun and games. But I have a confession to make…

Maybe you’ve heard that Dallas is hosting the Superbowl. People will be flocking to our city seeking fun and games. But I have a confession to make…

I’ll never look at the Superbowl in the same way again. My eyes have been opened to something that is bigger than the Superbowl or the World Cup or any other sporting event that may bring temporary glory or fleeting fame.

Don’t get me wrong. I love football. I grew up here in Dallas during the glory days of Roger Staubauch, Randy White, and our beloved coach Tom Landry. I love a good game. And I can cheer with the best of them for that long drive down the field when your team comes from behind and scores the winning touchdown. I love a good hard-fought victory.

But here’s what I don’t love. The buying and selling of children. It’s evil and it’s ugly. And we all pay a price. But those who pay the highest price are young boys and girls who are sold to satisfy the selfish desires of others. These children are trapped in what I can only describe as hell on earth.

Along with the influx of people coming into our city, will come those who are looking for the kind of fun and games that bring harm to our children. Think about this for a minute. What if it was your daughter (or your son)? Well, these are your children. These are all our children. 

Serious stuff, right? Yes it is. And sometimes it’s too hard to stomach when I think or read about what is happening to these children. Day in and day out. Night after night. All because someone is looking for some fun and games. All because people are greedy for power, control, and money. All because evil exists in this world.

What can we do about it?

First of all, we can pray. It doesn’t sound like much. And it may sound trite, but prayer is BIG. Jesus said, “If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:14). Let’s trust Him and take Him at His Word.

Next, learn more about this serious issue. Check out my friend Gail’s blog posted earlier this month (http://blogs.bible.org/tapestry/gail_seidel/human_trafficking_and_the_super_bowl) for some great resources. Also, Traffick911.com will be hosting a Tailgate Rally this Saturday, February 5 from noon–4 p.m., which will include music, speakers, and activities that will provide further information on human trafficking.

But I would encourage you not to stop there. Purpose in your heart to take a step of action—something perhaps that Christ might do if He were here. We can be the hands and feet of Christ for these children. Make the choice to do something tangible that will make a difference in their lives. They are, after all, our children.

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