Oh Vicki, Why Our Little Girls?By Trillia Newbell | March 25th, 2013 | Category: Uncategorized | 12 comments
I’ve seen the posts and read the articles, and I was hoping it wasn’t true. But yes, Victoria’s Secret is indeed going to begin a line of clothing for our daughters. The new line called “Bright Young Things” was evidently revealed through a press conference where the Chief Financial Officer Stuart Burgdoerfer of Limited Brands (Victoria’s Secret is a subsidiary) made the announcement. The line is geared for girls age 14 and under. This has caused quite the firestorm and I was left asking:
Oh, Vicki, why our little girls?
But then again, should I really be surprised?
Children have been marketed to for sexually suggestive products for far too long already. Remember the Bratz Dolls? You know; the ones with the oversized chests and caked-on makeup. Those dolls have been out on the market since 2004. Some might even argue that the Barbie would be enough to influence little girls to aim for unrealistic beauty measures (Barbie’s proportions have been highly reported as unrealistic). Victoria’s Secret is simply adding their corporate seal to the market.
As I’ve prayed about this article, one thing continually occurred to me and that is, we don’t value children. We are in a culture where children are seen as disposable and interruptions to our lifestyle. Children are boring. Children add pressure to marriage. Children over-crowd our populations. Children in many ways are seen as a curse, not a blessing.
This is most evidenced by abortion. Joe Carter, Editor at The Gospel Coalition, recently reported on the shocking slaughter of over 336 million babies in China. As Carter noted, “The magnitude of the crime is incomprehensible to the human imagination.” China’s confession shines new light (or perhaps darkness) into the disposability of children around the world. We know this is not an isolated problem.
But children aren’t disposable and children aren’t interruptions.
God’s Word says children are a blessing and are to be protected. Children are a heritage from the Lord, a reward for the womb (Psalm 127:3-5). Children are thought of before they are even born. I’m not speaking of family planning. No, God knits children into the womb. God forms the inward parts of children (Psalm 139: 13-16). God loves children, they are His creation.
And what is our responsibility to them?
We are to train children in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6). Training is an act of protection and an expression of love, because God loves children. Colossians warns men not even to provoke their children in anger (Colossians 3:21). We are to love children as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:39). God entrusts children to us and they are part of His good and precious gifts (James 1:17).
The culture won’t stop exploiting children or worse, killing them, until we get this. It won’t stop until we understand that children are gifts from God, created by God, and to be protected, cherished and loved. But this can’t happen without the Spirit and that’s why we need the Gospel to go forward. Our hearts must be convicted and made full of the compassion that can only come from the heart of God Himself who gave Himself up for us. We need new hearts. We need to ask God to remove hearts of stone and replace them with new hearts and a new spirit as he promises to do for those who place their trust and hope in His finished work on the cross (Ezekiel 36:26, Romans 10: 9-10). This is made possible because God loves the world and gave His beloved son, Jesus, up for her. I believe God can do this because He changed my wretched heart.