I am sure that this is one of those posts that will draw some interesting comments. I will say up front that you can respectfully disagree with me. If you don’t think like I do and want to comment, that is fine. I will say, though, that my kids read my blog and if comments are not appropriate for their eyes, they will not be published.
Now, on to the post: Yesterday I came across a video and blog about Deborah Drapper. She is a lovely 13-year-old British girl who has a passion for Christ and evangelizing the lost. Her blog is at http://deborahdrapper.com/ , and I will post the first video clip of a documentary about her at the end of this post. This young lady is remarkable. She boldly witnesses for Christ and lives for Him every day. She shows great maturity on her blog, and is not discouraged by the horrible comments she receives. She openly speaks of recognizing sin in our lives by comparing ourselves to the Ten Commandments. She then uses that tool to emphasize our need for salvation provided by the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
She is one of several children in her home. They are all homeschooled. Their father emphasizes a knowledge of the Bible throughout their lives, and the kids listen to Scripture as they fall asleep at night. Here is what really upset me about watching all 6 parts of the documentary about Deborah: she and her family are not that far off from our own family. In fact, is what I have described about this family that far off from many, many Christian families? Why, then, did this documentary portray them as some kind of freak show?
I’ll tell you, I was really, really upset about the comments that were left on You Tube about this family. They were accused of being abusive and controlling. People commented how they would love to see these children rebel and live a homosexual lifestyle just to spite their parents. The comments were vile, profane, and disgusting. And, like I said the whole documentary made it seem that this family is freakish for believing the Bible.
The whole premise of the documentary was that if this 13-year-old girl could be exposed to the “real world” (i.e. lewd behavior), she would “see the light” and become “normal.” She, however, stood her ground with dignity. She used the drunken brawls as opportunities for witnessing. At the end of the documentary, she cries as she considers the depth of the forgiveness of Christ in her own life.
This world is so upside-down. What is wrong with this family seeking to live a solid, Christian life? What is wrong with them reading the Bible? Is it wrong that this girl is not familiar with the pop stars and does not care to dress or look like them? Is that really that abusive? My kids don’t know who those people are either. They don’t care about the latest fashions or political correctness. They, like this girl, are concerned about pleasing and serving Christ who gave all He had for their salvation. Why is that wrong in today’s world?
It brings a Scripture to my mind:
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!
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
And prudent in their own sight! Isaiah 5:20-21
So, I am again reminded that we are “counter-culture revolutionaries” because we hold to the eternal, unchanging Truths of Scripture. If I had a chance to meet Miss Drapper in person, I would gladly shake her hand and tell her how proud I am of her–proud that she is standing for Truth. I pray that God will grant her the strength to stand under the horrible pressure that the world is placing on her, and that, having done all, she will continue to stand.