You know that place in your mind that you will not explore or those topics we dare not let ourselves think about. The corner of your brain that cannot make sense of certain things. That’s where we are going to visit today. I never used to visit those places because it was too hard. It involved a lot of emotions and questions. I would just wave my hands like a wild banshee when someone would talk about something disturbing. I would abruptly interrupt them by yelling, “I don’t want to know… I DO NOT even want to know”. Stick my fingers in my ears and sing “lalalalalala”. Change the channel on the world news to something more pleasing to my senses like E! news. Let’s face it, I was losing major sleep over Kimye. (Mom…that’s a term used for celebrity couples like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West) Sunshine and butterflies were the only things fluttering around in my mind.
The thing is… I was exactly where Satan wanted me. Too self absorbed in my own comfort to give a flip about the suffering. That is… until I let my mind go there. He began to open those eyes that I would keep so tightly closed. But most importantly, he changed my heart. So perhaps to use the term “I can’t wrap my mind around it” or “ I just can’t let my mind go there” are not the correct words we should be using. Maybe it’s more about our heart and allowing the Lord to use those things that disturb us so deeply to be agents of change. There’s a reason they are disturbing.
This may seem pretty vague at this point and you are questioning where I’m going with this. Stay with me here. Sadly though I know that some of you will click away because I’m going to go to that place. Sex Trafficking.
According to the International Justice Mission Sex Trafficking Fact Sheet: (http://www.ijm.org)
Sex trafficking is a growing global enterprise driven by deception, coercion and force. Traffickers transport or detain their victims for the purpose of commercial sexual exploi- tation. This trade in rape for profit thrives in the absence of robust law enforcement to ensure the protection of the law for vulnerable children and women.
•After drug dealing, human trafficking (both sex trafficking and trafficking for forced labor) is tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest criminal industry in the world today, and it is the fastest growing. (U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services)
•Worldwide, there are nearly two million children in the commercial sex trade. (UNICEF)
• There are an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 children, women and men trafficked across international borders annually. (U.S. Department of State)
• Approximately 80 percent of human trafficking victims are women and girls, and up to 50 percent are minors. (U.S. Department of State)
•The total market value of illicit human trafficking is estimated to be in excess of $32 billion. (U.N.)
• Sex trafficking is an engine of the global AIDS epidemic. (U.S. Department of State)
I remember the first time I did some research on human trafficking. I went into it thinking it was probably women in their 20’s…then my heart softened from all of the tears when I learned that the younger the victim the more popular or sought after. As in 4 year old boys and girls. I have a 4 year old boy and a 6 year old girl. The one place I would NEVER let my emotions connect with was that something as horrific as this would happen to my young children. Then I let my heart go there and let it break for the things that break the heart of God as Bob Pierce would say.
Children all over the globe in India, Cambodia, Africa, and guess what...the United States are being exploited. It’s 2013 people…and this is happening. Right now as we sit in front of our laptops reading this countless children are being raped.
In most cases we shy away from doing something about these things because we hear a voice whispering… “What do you think you can do about it, your just one person”.
Well I have good news for you sister…YOU can do something about this. My motto for the year: “When we know better…we DO better”. So this is your “Do Something” opportunity to bring awareness to your community about this injustice that affects the innocent and helpless.
Visit http://www.nottodaythemovie.com for ways you can bring the movie to your theater. Visit your local churches to bring awareness to human trafficking. Pray for the local churches to unify in behalf of the victims of this crime.
If you live in the Mountain Home, Arkansas area your partnership in these efforts would be greatly appreciated. We ONLY need a 400 ticket commitment to bring this to our local theater.
There are over 2,000 verses in Scripture that point to the God’s heart for the poor and oppressed and our responsibility to spread the gospel by serving others in need.
The Lord of hosts says this: Render true justice. Show faithful love and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the stranger or the poor…Zechariah 7:9-10
For I the Lord love justice, I hate robbery and injustice.. Isaiah 61:8
He has told you men what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: Only to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God” Micah 6:8
Friends…He will empower His church to rise up and accomplish his goal of justice and mercy.
I don’t want to continue to sit comfortably in my pew blessing the blessed. I want to respond to these things with compassion that leads to action. To “Do Something”.
We don’t act because we think we are unqualified, weak, ill equipped, and too small. But when you imagine giving these excuses to a child trapped in slavery, you realize they are just that---excuses. –The A21 Campaign
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