Thursday, January 31, 2013

Super Bowl and Human Trafficking

The Super Bowl is coming up and with that there will be a dramatic increase in the number of girls that will be trafficked in New Orleans. Many of us do not understand the reality of modern slavery occurring in our home country and cities - it is the fastest growing criminal activity in the world! This short video brings awareness to the situation and also informs you how to take action. Please watch!




Regarding human trafficking, we can learn several important things:

1. We must show love and mercy to those in need. This is best demonstrated in the Bible by the Parable of the Good Samaritan - found in Luke 10:25-37.

"Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise." Luke 10:36-37
2. We cannot be silent on this issue. We must be the voice for these victims.

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy." Proverbs 31:8-9
3. The victims need our prayers. James, a leader of the Jerusalem church, teaches us that prayer is a foundational aspect to our faith - as seen in James 5:13-20.

"The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." James 5:16b

4. We are free in order to help the enslaved. Our own freedom has a purpose.

"It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don't use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that's how freedom grows." -Galatians 5:13-15, The Message
5. We must take action. Action can take many forms - such as volunteering, financial giving, or educating others. James teaches us this as well - see James 2:14-26

"If one of you says to him, 'Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,' but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." James 2:16-17
My hope and purpose is that there will be an increased awareness of human trafficking and exploitation - especially here in the United States. This evil form of slavery is a real issue that must be dealt with and we can no longer sit back and allow it to happen. We may not be able to abolish it completely, but we can still do our part to aid in the efforts. I pray that seeds will be planted into our hearts causing us to get involved - I believe that together, a difference can always be made. Any difference made for the kingdom of God, no matter how big or small, is always significant.
I have included a link to some different prayer guides for those who might be interested. They are great resources for learning how to pray for these victims:
I believe the A21 prayer guide link from the site I listed above is broken, but the others work just fine. The A21 prayer guide and other valuable resources can be found at: http://www.thea21campaign.org/content/resources/gjetjs
I encourage you to find a way that you can get involved, and please let me know if you plan to do so. I will pray for you. Please pray for me as I continue to find ways to become more involved and shed light on this subject. Together we can do this.
In Christ,
Morgan
P.S. By the time you have finished reading this post, 10 more people will have been forced into slavery.
"Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way just as we are - yet was without sin. Let us then APPROACH THE THRONE OF GRACE WITH CONFIDENCE, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." Hebrews 4:14-16


2 comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this, Morgan. This is a cause that has been near and dear to my heart as well. I was shocked a couple of years ago when I realized it was happening, not just overseas in third world countries, but right in our own back yard in the United States. Thanks again for this excellent post!

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    1. I was shocked when my eyes were opened to the situation as well. Thanks for reading!

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