reduce or underestimate the worth or importance of.
Life underestimated. At one time or another, we have all felt devalued. Whether it was our lack of talent, ability, or brainpower, we have experienced the sting of being discredited. Yet, some have never known their true worth. From the beginning, their lives are filled with misunderstanding, judgment, and yes, even hatred. They live a wholly devalued life.
Enter the Thief
Satan had his eye on God’s prized creation. Right from the beginning, he entered the Garden of Eden with his toolbox of deception and led Adam and Eve away from the truth of God’s design.
The devil is walking about this earth like a roaring hungry lion seeking whomever he can devour (1 Pet 5:8). Christ tells us in John 10:10, “That the thief (Satan) comes to steal, kill and destroy . . .”
This “thief” is among us, actively leveraging his toolbox of deception to attack and devalue humankind at every turn. Using his deception tools, he has categorically leveraged the fallenness of this world to marginalize and subvert categories of people groups.
He moves closer to successfully marginalizing and devaluing us all. Read on to see where the thief is succeeding and where we as believers can rise up and elevate life.
Satan is no stranger to discarding life as witnessed by his handiwork through Pharoah in the days of Moses and Herod in the days of Jesus. Commands to “kill every male child under the age of two” was the thief at work.
Today, the thief and others like Planned Parenthood International celebrate 56 million abortions occurring around the world annually as successful reproductive rights. There is no population more innocent and vulnerable than the unborn. Learn More
Individuals born with or later develop handicaps are not disabled, but rather differently-abled. Yet societies worldwide either abort them after learning a diagnosis, discard them to fend for themselves, and at the very least marginalize their ability to contribute to and participate in community meaningfully. Learn More
Racism & Diversity
From the beginning of time, there has been segregation, marginalization, and even hatred of others based on race and different types of people groups. Yet, regardless of race, color, or any other group affiliation, every person is created in the image of God. The thief has done a tremendous job globally, leveraging his deception to elevate one group’s value over another inaccurately. Learn More
Although children suffer from either parent’s loss or absence, fatherlessness is the predominant challenge impeding on God’s design for family and fullness of life. When both parents are lost or absent, it only exacerbates the problem.
Orphans and children in foster care need the full love, acceptance, and care of a forever family. God loves and cherishes children and calls them a blessing, yet the thief has found another way to attack the self-worth and value of growing children and youth worldwide. Learn More
Whether for sex trafficking, organ donation, or forced labor, human trafficking is one of the most significant challenges facing our world today. However, if you thought the world had ended slavery, it has only taken on different faces and manifested in different ways.
There is no country, no city, and no people group that is not at risk. The majority of sex trafficking (approximately 75%) is young females. Children and youth are the most at-risk. The thief is literally stealing our children away. Learn More
There is no concept of retirement in the Bible. The scriptures frequently talk about individuals serving their God, their families, and their communities until they pass away. Some companies have mandatory retirement ages, suggesting that a person can no longer contribute to the company or society after that age. Still, the elderly offer a lifetime of experience and education. Unfortunately, the thief is deceptively leading companies and communities to inaccurately devalue and discard the worth that this population has to offer society. Learn More
If you truly believe in the value of life, you care about all of the weakest and most vulnerable members of society.
Joni Eareckson Tada