Wednesday, February 27, 2013

It's All About The One

Today when I checked in on my blogs, I saw another post written by Ann Voskamp.  To be truthful, I hesitated a moment before I clicked on the title.  I was not sure I wanted to head over again to her cyber home because, as of late, her words of shake me to my core.  Her story today did no less.  She shared a story about a man who was on trial for human trafficking.  The judge asked him why he would do such awful things to the girl who had testified against him.  This trafficker smiled.  Read that again.....he smiled and said, "If I was caught I would get a lot less time in prison for selling a girl than I would for selling drugs, and I can kick this girl into submission."

I was done in.  I thought about this girl who had been beaten, sold, and repeatedly raped.  How can another human being, created in God's image after all, do such horrible things to another.  It sickens me that slavery is the fastest growing crime in the world.

I cannot imagine what goes on in the hearts and souls of those caught up in human trafficking.  I went through abuse as a young child by a couple of people.  I was loved, I had a home and a family, but it still impacted my life to a point where at age 64 I am still healing from it.  So I cannot comprehend what it does to these young girls who are sold into slavery and have no one who loves or cares about them.  No escape.

Ann shares a video of Christine Cane, a powerful speaker from Hillsong Church in Australia, who now has an organization to work at eliminating human trafficking in her lifetime. Her own story is filled with brokenness, and with hope and victory. Her focus in on Jesus and what the church can do to spread the gospel and give hope to those who feel hopeless. She speaks little on this video of her work with those enslaved but speaks of keeping our eyes on Jesus, where all change begins. She speaks on doing what God has called each of us to do.  Each of our callings are different and yet they are the same.  They are part of God's plan to save a dying world.

So, we pray, we give, and we do what we can with the passion God has given us.  Maybe it is not for you or me to be focusing on human trafficking, but we cannot deny that the Bible tells us to love one another.  The Bible tells us to care for the widows and the orphans.  We cannot deny that as the hands of Christ we are to reach out and help the helpless, the broken, the lonely, the needy.  God has a plan for each of our lives, a plan for good and not for evil.  He has gifted us to serve Him in a hungry world.  Souls hunger, bodies hunger, minds hunger.  Our call is to be obedient to His instructions and guidance and reach out to someone.  It is all about the one.....and it is all about the One.  Jesus, the One.



Kim said...

Renee, i have to thank you for reminding me of Ann's blog. I just read her post before stopping at your blog yesterday, and what each of you said has spoken to me. I want that kind of radical love, and I know so many times I go through the motions of eat, sleep, go to work, repeat just waiting for Friday and then doing it all over again. I'm inspired by Ann's post and your post to stop going through the motions and start living radically with love. Thanks for your words!

Gayle said...

I read her post as well and was shaken by it. We simply must bring it to the light, we simply must.