What Will Generation Y’s Greatest Social Issue Be?

January 27, 2009 — 3 Comments


A few months back, I was the best man in my best friend’s wedding.  It was one of the best weekends of my life, to watch and experience true love between two of my greatest friends was an honor to be a part of.  Jessica looked beautiful and I could tell how excited Zac was for their future together.  The inspiration I receive from these two servants of Christ cannot be understated.

I write that in positive light, while there was a moment of darkness that caught my attention over the celebration weekend.  The day before the wedding, 4 of my best friends and I went to get our tuxes fitted in the morning before heading out to go play little bat.  Little Bat is a hilarious/fun game of essentially baseball in a tennis court with a tennis ball and a souvenir bat.  If you went to Geneva, you knew all about the Lil Bat buzz.  This is part of my legacy at Geneva College. Haha. But back to the story (If you have ever heard a Sigmon story, you know how easy it is for me to get off track).  So the tux guy is talking to us and drops a couple of f-bombs and we were a little taken back, but didn’t really think anything other than, “that was kind of unprofessional”.  Then one of my friends, who had just spilled his heart over lunch over deciding whether or not to join up with the National Guard after not feeling fulfilled in what he is currently doing, is overheard by the attendant at this tuxedo shop.  The attendant proceeds to tell us he just got out of the Army a year ago and how much (insert female private parts here) he got.  That’s all he could talk about, this coming from a man who is now married.  He talked about how overseas, not only does sex slavery occur often, it is actually encouraged by the governments.

Now this was not news to me, but this is how the tuxedo salesman was selling the army!!!  Not only did I feel a tear coming to my eyes, I was absolutely filled with rage.  I didn’t even know what to say or how to respond.  My poor friend is responding with awkward laughter, while I am telling another buddy that I’m going to box this guy in the face.  Luckily, we ended up just kind of mocking the guy to his face about what he had said and left it alone.  In hindsight I wish I would have approached him about it, but anything I would have said would have only been filled with curse words in anger.

Which brings me to my point.  I believe that the issue that my generation is going to work hard at trying to stop is sex trafficking.  Nearly every sane human being can see the wrong in this activity, that NO human should be forced into this.  I think that AIDS is the major issue of the generation before mine (and obviously still an issue to be working at), but that the major one for us will be this terrible crime against humanity.  It is one of the hardest things to tackle as it is so underground and secret, but so many groups and organizations are helping.  I know that for me, I cannot just keep going on my daily life, working for my own selfishness.  I will give to causes that will effectively stop this.  Anyone else in? Check these out and figure out what you will sacrifice for them:






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Jonathan Sigmon


3 responses to What Will Generation Y’s Greatest Social Issue Be?

  1. I’m in!!! I totally agree that this is a huge issue for our generation. It has really been on my heart for the past couple years. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.

  2. actually, these two social issues go hand in hand, as sex trafficking causes AIDS to spread more easily. Many young women who are trafficked in the sex trade are infected with HIV.
    I think you’re right that human trafficking is one of the biggest social issues of our time. I pray that more and more light would be shed on this issue so that more people are aware that this stuff happens even in our own country. It’s right under our noses.
    Call and response has this website that I thought was cool. It’s a way to voice your opinions to manufacturers that you won’t tolerate them getting any of their materials or labor from slavery. http://www.chainstorereaction.com/

    • Yes Jess! Thank you for the comment. I agree completely!

      I actually tried to get Call and Response to do a screening here in Lancaster for a while. I love what they are doing! It ended up being a lot of work, so I couldn’t make it happen with my other responsibilities, but they provide some great information and solutions to problems. It is always encouraging to find more and more information about how we can not only shed light on this issue, but do our part in stopping the problem. Thanks for the comment! I enjoy checking into your thoughts on your blog sometimes too!

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