Germany Decriminalizes Child Pornography: Shocking New Law Sparks Outrage Among Believers

Germany Decriminalizes Child Pornography: Shocking New Law Sparks Outrage Among Believers

A Troubling Shift in Germany

Recently, the German government has taken a deeply troubling step by approving a bill that decriminalizes the possession and distribution of child sexual abuse material (CSAM). This decision reverses a 2021 ruling that classified the possession of child pornography as a serious crime, punishable by a minimum one-year custodial sentence, in line with EU directives. The new legislation reduces the severity of this offense, reclassifying it as a misdemeanor and thereby diminishing the consequences for those involved in this reprehensible activity.

As believers in Jesus and the teachings of the Bible, this development is profoundly concerning. It represents not only a legal shift but also a moral one, suggesting a dangerous erosion of societal values and a failure to protect the most vulnerable among us—our children.

The Biblical Mandate to Protect Children

The Bible speaks clearly about the importance of protecting children. Jesus Himself emphasized the significance of caring for the young and innocent, saying, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these" (Matthew 19:14). Moreover, Jesus issued a stern warning against harming children: "If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea" (Matthew 18:6).

This scriptural mandate underscores our responsibility as believers to safeguard children from exploitation and abuse. The recent legislative changes in Germany starkly contradict these biblical principles, promoting an environment where the exploitation of children is more likely to go unpunished.

Moral Decay and Its Consequences

The decision to lessen penalties for those involved in child pornography is symptomatic of a broader moral decay within society. As followers of Christ, we recognize that such moral erosion can have devastating consequences, leading to increased exploitation and suffering. It is a call to action for us to remain vigilant and proactive in defending the values that uphold human dignity and protect the innocent.

In the face of this troubling legislative change, we must speak out against the normalization of child exploitation and advocate for the protection of children.

Encouragement to Stand Firm in Faith

In these challenging times, it is essential for believers to draw strength from their faith. The Bible provides us with numerous examples of individuals who stood firm in their convictions despite societal pressures. Daniel remained faithful in Babylon, refusing to compromise his beliefs even when faced with the threat of death (Daniel 6). Similarly, we are called to remain steadfast in our commitment to biblical principles, regardless of the prevailing cultural norms.

Jesus reassured His followers, saying, "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). This assurance reminds us that despite the challenges and moral decay we may witness, Christ has ultimately triumphed over evil. Our task is to remain faithful, uphold justice, and continue to advocate for righteousness.

Taking Action

Practical steps can be taken to address this issue and support the protection of children:

1. Prayer: Consistently pray for the protection of children, for those in positions of power to make just decisions, and for the conviction of those involved in harmful activities.

2. Advocacy: Engage with advocacy groups and campaigns that work to combat child exploitation and influence legislative changes.

3. Education: Educate ourselves and our communities about the realities of child exploitation and the importance of safeguarding children.

4. Support: Provide support to organizations and ministries dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating victims of child exploitation.


The recent legislative changes in Germany serve as a stark reminder of the ongoing battle between light and darkness. As believers in Jesus Christ, we are called to be the light of the world, standing firm in our faith and actively opposing the forces of evil. By upholding biblical values and advocating for the protection of children, we fulfill our divine mandate to love and protect the innocent. Let us remain vigilant, prayerful, and courageous in these efforts, trusting in the ultimate victory of our Lord and Savior.

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Submitted By: Daniel Malkiel

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