For the last couple months I have been researching the social issue of human trafficking. It has become a common buzz word with no meaning. Do you know and understand what human trafficking is? I’m sure you’ve heard the term before. But do you know what it “really” is? Men, women and children are forced to into various degrees of slavery on an everyday basis. Some work in the sex trade industry in Thailand, while others are working off a “debt” in a brick farm in India, only to realize that their debt is never ending. This modern day travesty is a multi-billion dollar industry that doesn’t pay taxes, adds to the increase of the AIDS epidemic, and ultimately ruins lives.
My question is this: where is God in all of this?
Before you start rambling…allow me to paint you picture of context. Imagine a girl in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She finds the love, warm and redemption in Jesus Christ, yet is still trapped in her dismal life. She is forced to do horrible things day after day by her captors. Is God required to rescue her? Where are her blessings? Is she considered less because of her circumstance? Wouldn’t God help her…does he care?
Yes he does!
Right now in this moment in history there are more slaves than ever before, and we as followers of Christ have an amazing opportunity to manifest who Christ is through our actions. Did you catch that? OUR ACTIONS!!! Yes folks…that’s right God has called US to do something. We are not to be idle or inward focused. We are to safeguard the helpless and care for the weak.
Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”
God showed me this passage today. In order for us to help others we need to be willing. People trapped in modern day slavery are not in a position to save themselves, but it’s possible that you are? Let me ask you a question: what is worth more, that venti-mocha-java-chip-coffee from Starbucks or a eight year old girl living as sex slave in Thailand? What’s more important: taking those trips to the beach house or liberating a family from a life long battle at a brick farm in India? What say you?
Honestly, how many of us think about it only when we have no time or money to help? Why is it that every time we think about this things we’re in a state of “oh…I can’t do it, I have too many things on the calender.” We need to wake up. We need to look at what Jesus said…and freaking DO IT!!! Seriously, we’ve all read the story of good Samaritan, though how many of us are really willing to help our neighbor? How much time are you really willing to give? How much is a human life (that God loves so much) worth to you? Do you know what mercy really means? Are you going to be like the priest/Levite mentioned in the passage above or are you going to honor God by giving of your time, money, life?
Is God required to bless and to rescue? I believe he does. Not yes or no…but he does. He cares, he wants us to care, he wants us to be involved in loving others. He’s called us, not asked us, but CALLED us to love those around us. He will use you to glorify himself in this world, and that my friends is something words can not describe.
Now…what are you going to do.