I don’t often speak at churches, maybe 4 or 5 times a year.  Recently I spoke about culture, specifically the way that Satan is affecting our culture.  Stay with me, I’m not going into a string of spiritual cliches that sound like a mix of Shakespeare and a theology class.  I will continue speaking normal English because I don’t want to impress you with my spirituality, just get you thinking.

What would Satanic influence look like?

He is known as the accuser so something with plenty of charges or rumors.  He is a constant deceiver so there should be an element of truth and a subtle but powerful lie built into it.  He wants you to feel alone, isolated and unloved.  He wants you to try to find joy or contentment in everything but God.  He wants you to obsess about yourself and satisfy yourself regardless of who it hurts.

The dating culture on most college campuses qualifies.

I’d like to point out a few statistics before going into the evil influences.

According to the book, The sexual victimization of college women, one in 5 women are sexually assaulted while in college.

“Fewer than 5 percent of completed and attempted rapes of women in college were reported to law enforcement officials, according to a BJS/Department of Justice study released in 2000. That number drops even lower for other forms of sexual assault.

Given that more than 4 out of 5 rape victims knew their assailant, experts believe social pressures play a large role in why rape goes unreported,” The Huffington Post reported in 2014. “Women in college have also identified fear of not being believed, not being sure whether what they experienced was a sexual assault and not wanting family or other people to know about the incidents as reasons for not reporting.”

Taken from this article http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/sexual-assault-explainer_us_5759aa2fe4b0ced23ca74f12

So there is a situation where 80% of rape victim know their assaulter.  They are scared to tell anyone about it and thus feel isolated and violated.  Maybe they trusted that boy but the young man was only thinking about his wants, sex.  He didn’t care how she felt about it, only his desire.  On some college campuses date rape drugs are readily available and often used.  With this hideous drug the girl doesn’t even have to be conscious or consent.  Since it goes wildly unreported, he can rape again and again and still graduate with honors.

On the rare occasion that it’s reported, the frat where the drug was given will be investigated.  But be aware if you report them, you will be blacklisted forever.  Never again allowed to enter their frat or talk to their members.  Then they have to make up some rumor or lie about you because they can’t say the truth, that they drugged you.  Frats stand united against their victims.  Talk to a few college students and you’ll see that this is widely known on most college campuses.

Can you see how clear the Satanic influence is on some campuses?

The victims have been isolated, betrayed, felt unlovable and violated for a sick frat boy’s pleasure.  They will have long lasting emotional scars from this awful experience.  Who can they trust in the future?  The predator in this case got to fulfill his desire, got no consequences and can brag to his buddies.  If that “stupid girl” says anything we will treat her like garbage.

Some parents believe college is a place where young men and women sow their wild oats and have fun. (I would strongly disagree with that)  Most of the time college is fun, but this evil dating culture isn’t.  We need to raise men who value women, put themselves second, and show true love not warped desire.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

 Love never fails”

If you have a college age or younger son pound this into their heads!  If you have a college age or younger daughter, warn them, protect them and teach them about the known dangers.

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Written by Ron Cloer