Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Human Trafficking

Is it possible that Christians [people for that matter] just aren’t angry enough about injustices like human trafficking and slavery? Could it be that we have become too desensitized, domesticated, and docile? I agree .. there are times when the church needs to have a much deeper anger than they do about the grave injustices of the world, especially when it involves exploiting our children.

Too many have reduced their faith to comfortable, convenient and self-serving pleasantries of the good life! Because we ARE informed and perhaps transformed (?) by Christ, is it enough just to say “To Hell with (injustice)? Just when is enough, enough?

Sources cite as many as 27 million slaves around the world! The sex trade industry consists of 80 percent women and more than half are minors--children and teenagers. Cornel West says it as only he can say it: Indifference to injustice is more insidious than the injustice itself.

Following are some sources that are helping to fight this ugly war:
Break the Chains – an initiative of the Evangelical Covenant Church
The Sold Project – focused on fighting and stopping child prostitution.
Free the Slaves – liberates slaves around the world, helps them rebuild their lives, and researches real world solutions to eradicate slavery forever.
International Justice Mission – legal advocates for justice around the world.
JustOne – foundation for relief and development on issues of poverty, orphans, and human trafficking.
Stop the Traffik – abolitionists coalition of over 900 organizations.
Not For Sale – campaign to end slavery.
Love 146 – works toward the abolition of child sex trafficking and exploitation through aftercare, prevention, and advocacy.
Call + Response: – film and action that you can show at your church!

Eugene Cho is certainly right on target when he concludes To Hell with Human Trafficking [06-03-2009, the Sojo site.

From Warner’s World, Wayne


Pastor Eric said...


Thanks for taking a stand on this important issue... so much more than a political position...a moral, spiritual, commanded stand for followers of Christ. Have you read "Just Courage" by Gary Haugen? You listed his fantastic group.


Wayne said...

As you know Eric,from our personal emails, I do think we need to take both public position and action. I have not read Gary Haugen, but I note with interest that Wesleyan Church Women have taken this issue on. From their eline, I share this intro:
"Land of the Bible Not Immune from Modern Day Slavery

The largest ever people-trafficking ring in Israel has been uncovered. Twelve members of the gang (all women) were arrested by police in Tel Aviv in March following a two-year undercover operation. According to a police press release, more than 2,000 women were trafficked by the Israeli gang into Israel and Cyprus over a two-year period..." thanks for responding...........