Friday, January 13, 2012

Passion 2012, Session 3

27 million people are trafficked for forced labor and sexual exploitation around the world right now. Ok, stop, read the first sentence again. Gage your response to that. "That's horrible? It's just a number? I didn't even know?"

Here's a question for all of us. What is so important in our temporal world that we can't save these people?

It would be easy to read that sentence, file it away as an obscure fact, and move on with our days. It's just a number, until we realize that there are real stories and real people, who are fearfully and wonderfully made, behind the statistic. And it is our responsibility as Christians to raise our voices together and bring healing and restoration to this lost and dying generation.

We can make a difference in our generation. Even though we may start out with a bunch of buts and what ifs, all we really need to focus on is how God wants to use our talents and degrees for His purpose of rescuing the lost. We have something more powerful than the unnerving statistics or restraints of our lives; we have the truth of the gospel, the truth that says God can save to the uttermost. Light works most effectively in the darkness, so we don't have to fear the odds or the statistics or the injustice.

When divine interruptions happen, lives are changed. We are meant to be interrupted like Jesus so that we can bring healing and restoration.

In the story of the great Samaritan, the priest and the Levite both saw the beaten and dying man in need, but they passed by on the other side on their way to whatever they had to do. They saw him more as an interruption than an object of their ministry. How many times in my life do I pass a need on my way to my next Christian event instead of getting involved and practicing what I'm supposed to be so avidly preaching?

With all of our great Christian movements and events, there are more slaves now than at any other time in human history! This has happened on our watch. Where was the church? We who have been rescued have a duty to rescue others. Jesus said "As you sent me, I send them."

One of the victims of human trafficking once told her rescuer, "If what you say about your God is true, then why didn't you come sooner?" This question has stuck with me the most throughout the entire Passion Conference. I've never been more motivated to follow the great commission in my life.

The line between us and the slaves is very fine; they could have been any of us. Imagine what could happen if 45,000 of us took a stand against human trafficking. It's not just a cause to donate money to once or twice. We need to rise up and meet the darkness, not with timidity, but with confidence and purpose. We have to do something now. Ignorance is not an excuse and indifference is not an option.
We often ask God to show up, we pray prayers of rescue. Perhaps God would ask us to be that rescue, to be his body, and to move for things that matter. God is not invisible when we come alive... We are only asked to love, to offer hope to the many hopeless. We don't get to choose all the endings, but we're asked to play the rescuers. We won't solve all mysteries and our hearts will certainly break in such a vulnerable life, but it is the best way. We were made to be lovers, bold in broken places, pouring ourselves out again and again until we're called home." - Jamie Tworkowski

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