Why We Never Give Up

LFTILFTI, Prayer

On December 31, 2015, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation in which he declared January to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month:

One hundred and fifty years ago, our Nation codified the fundamental truth that slavery is an affront to human dignity. Still, the bitter fact remains that millions of men, women, and children around the globe, including here at home, are subject to modern-day slavery: the cruel, inhumane practice of human trafficking. This month, we rededicate ourselves to assisting victims of human trafficking and to combating it in all its forms.

…let us recognize the victims of trafficking, and let us resolve to build a future in which its perpetrators are brought to justice and no people are denied their inherent human rights of freedom and dignity. 

One year later, National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month dawns on us and we face the sobering truth that much work remains to guarantee those dignities endowed by our Creator. People trafficking is the fastest growing international crime, and one of the largest sources of income for organized crime. The 2016 Global Slavery Index reported that 45.8 million people are living in modern slavery today, a number that dwarfs previous estimates of 27-30 million. This business of trafficking men, women and children is a lucrative one. Those who profit net approximately $150 billion dollars each year, $51 billion through labor trafficking and $99 billion through sex trafficking

These statistics are staggering, and it’s demoralizing to see them growing rather than diminishing. Are all our efforts for naught? Is it worth fighting human trafficking at all? Evil is gaining ground as the tally of casualties rises.

A typical response is that our hearts are wrenched. We feel a sense of urgency: “What can I do? How can I make a difference?” And then life gets busy and our schedules are full. So we carry on with knowledge of evil that seems far removed from our safe lives.

Our Enemy wants us to believe that we are called to do something about this when we’re older, wiser, or have more time, money or resources. But Scripture tells us otherwise:

It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life…use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. 

(Galatians 5:13-14, The Message)

Preventing human trafficking starts with this fundamental action: “Love others as you love yourself”. This month, let’s strengthen our vision to see others as God does. Let’s arm ourselves with tools to keep the vulnerable at the forefront of our minds and within our embrace.

Life for the Innocent is here to help! Follow LFTI on Instagram and Facebook for practical ways to cultivate compassionate hearts and take a step forward to end slavery. We’ll explore a new theme each week in January:

Each of us is needed to win the battle for human trafficking prevention. While it seems that the odds are against us, we stand firm knowing that the victory has already been won; you and I are fighting the battles that will make our faith our sight. Each slave liberated, every person held back from the clutches of predators, represents territory regained. As the Apostle Paul declares in his letter to the Corinthians:

That is why we never give up…So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

(2 Corinthians 4:16, 18, NLT)

Dare to Know. Dare to Hope. YOU can make a difference!

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