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Pastors Thought Thursday August 29 2019
The sexual abuse of children has been in the news a lot in recent years. Perhaps our
sensitivities have been blunted as we hear about it so much.
An ongoing case, concerning Jeffrey Epstein, has got a lot of media attention. On August 10
he hung himself in a New York City prison cell. Some call him a paedophile. That may be
debatable, as his attraction was for girls who had reached puberty, but many of the ones he
abused were under 16.
What has created extra interest in this case is the amount of money he had, as a billionaire,
and the high circles he moved in. He spent a lot of time with US presidents, and Prince
Andrew was a friend.
There seems little doubt that, over many years, Epstein abused underage girls. What made
it easier for him was his money. He paid off many of the girls in order to encourage them to
keep quiet. His being a powerful person would probably have made it harder for them to go
public about what he had done.
The essential issue with Epstein is that he had a desire for these young girls, and he had the
means to do what he wanted. He didn’t stop to think what effect his actions may be having
So he did exactly what he wanted, regardless of the consequences to those he chose to do it
That attitude is the exact opposite of the way God wants us to relate to people. Consider
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above
yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Regarding this statement about looking to the interests of others above our own, I suspect
most of us are somewhere in the middle of the spectrum.
At the one end, we probably don’t totally disregard people’s interests, or abuse them. At
the other end of the scale, we probably don’t fully put the interests of others above our
We may be living within the law of the land, and are reasonably nice people. However, to
live out the statement in Philippians is far from natural. Jesus managed it though, as the
following verses go on to say.
May He be our example and a life attitude to aim at!