Thursday, July 12th, 2018
Hot Topics... Human Trafficking
Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need.
Proverbs 21:13 (NLT)
I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me...
Matthew 25:43 (NKJV)
Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.
James 4:17 (NLT)
Human trafficking is a tragedy. People are bought, sold and manhandled like dolls on a store shelf. Modern slavery estimates top 40 million. One in four are children.
Slavery lives in dictatorships and democracies, in busy streets and lofty mansions. Merciless captors rarely look like thugs. Most pretend to be upscale businessmen. But behind closed doors, brutality reigns...
While slavery penetrates bubbles of civility.
We can hardly bear the thought, much less witness the pain. So we don't. We protect our bubbles. We text. We tweet. We google. We watch TV. We cling to imaginary superheroes... instead of becoming the one God designed us to be.
1) We can educate ourselves on human trafficking.
2) We can step out and stay aware of our surroundings.
3) We can speak to neighbors* who look sad and downtrodden.
4) We can donate or volunteer our time to this cause.
5) We can avoid lewd humor that dehumanizes.
## Hot Topics... Human Trafficking (Part 38)
* A neighbor does not have to live in your neighborhood. It might be someone you sit by on a train, a bench or in an airport. It might be someone in a grocery store. One way or another, God has bought this person to your attention. Lives have been saved by Good Samaritans who were willing to get involved.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hot Topics series.