14 July, 2009

Child of God

From Lisa Thompson:

Dear Friends: A few months ago I had the COLOSSAL blessing of being introduced to Steve Siler, founder of Music for the Soul a Christian nonprofit ministry of music. Our paths connected because of the film Somebody's Daughter, the very powerful documentary film about men's struggle with pornography. As those of you have been on this list for a while hopefully already know, I'm a huge fan of Somebody's Daughter.

It's a powerful tool full of the strength, truth, and light of the Holy Spirit against the darkness, isolation, and hopelessness of the sex industry. The film and music project Somebody's Daughter was spurred because of a friend's late night call to Steve. Steve's friend confessed to him about his ongoing battle with pornography. That night Steve and his friend decided, "We wanted to plant a flag; to say to the world that every woman is a child of God, deserving of dignity and respect and to be loved for who she is on the inside."
Ever since our introduction, Steve and I began corresponding and talking about issues related to sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. And, to my surprise, last fall he promised to write a song for our movement. Steve delivered on that promised earlier this year. When I read the email he sent me with the lyrics to a song he entitled Child of God I was moved to tears (lyrics provided below). Through those words I saw Steve standing on God's Holy Hill continuing to wave his flag high. In the battle against the ravages of the commercial sex industry and sex trafficking it is rare that people quickly comprehend the isolation, abandonment, and pain of those who are prostituted. I know it took me a long time before I understood all the nuances, and how the commercial sex industry can twist and distort reality so much that it can make itself almost look normal, harmless, and even liberating. But when held up to closer inspection all those distortions evaporate, and the hideous ugliness of what the sex industry is is exposed. I say all this to say that Steve understood all this, and he grasped it virtually over night. The fact that he understands pours out of every line, every stanza of this song.
Since Steve wrote the song, he has been VERY busy. Raising funds to cut a demo, coordinating numerous recording sessions, and perfecting the recording through all kinds of engineering that I can't begin to understand. Here is the good news: the final product is ready! And so, my friends, I am absolutely thrilled to announce the official release of Child of God to the public. To hear the song simply go to the Music for the Soul home page at http://www.musicforthesoul.org/ and look underneath the green tabs at the left hand side of the page, and click Child of God.
To contact Music for the Soul for your own copy and permission to use simply e-mail them using the contact page at the site or call the toll free number at 1-877-298-9081. You should know that Music for the Soul intends that Child of God be available to be used free of charge to minister to those rescued from sex trafficking or those coming out of the sex industry by organizations on the front lines. If organizations want to package the song for a premium to fundraise for their work or as part of live events Music for the Soul will negotiate below market license rates to make that possible. I am absolutely certain that many, many people will be blessed by Child of God. I know I have been. May it help soften the hearts of those hard against those in the sex trade, and may it be a message of love, comfort, and renewal to those who thought they were "just prostitutes." Abolition! Lisa

Child of God (Lyrics distributed with permission) by Steve Siler
copyright 2009 Music for the Soul
I paint on the face
I strap on the heels
I shut down my heart so it won’t have to feel
the hands that don’t know me all over my skin
and the eyes that don’t love me drinking me in

Under this make up I’m black and blue
The petals were crushed before I could bloom
I didn’t choose this No one ever would
And I’d break these chains if only I could

I’m a child of God
I hide in plain sight
I’m a child of God
Slave to the night
Powerless, broken, abandoned, abused
Do you see a child of God Or just a prostitute?

The world looks away and calls me a whore
and each day I die just a little bit more
A disposable person to keep at arms length
Human trash… Is that what you think?

I’m a child of God
I hide in plain sight
I’m a child of God
Slave to the night
Powerless, broken, abandoned, abused
Do you see a child of God Or just a prostitute?

What I’ve become is not who I am
We both were created by the very same hand
I’m a child of God
I hide in plain sight
I’m a child of God
This isn’t right
See my humanity
Look for the truth
I am a child of God
I am a child of God
Not a prostitute

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