Sin can be overwhelming, mine and the whole reckless world that only cares about self-satisfaction, fleshy needs that make the body feel good and line personal pockets at the expense of anyone, everyone, who can fulfill their desires. Some days the weight of this ugliness, this wretchedness falls heavy on me and I find myself wanting to lie down, pull up the covers and hide. But there’s no hiding from self and the world that grows more wicked by the minute and counts on people who care about folks being oppressed for their benefit simply rolling over and letting them flow in their wickedness.
But God commands His people to “learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause” (Isaiah 1:17) and we know that Jesus, whose hands and feet we are, came “to preach the gospel to the poor. . . .to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised…”
So I challenge you, like I have challenged myself today, to get actively involved (if you haven’t already) in actions that end wicked practices, like the global problems of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. One my friends, upon reading about the still missing 234 school girls in Nigeria who were kidnapped two weeks ago, said on Facebook, “Can someone recommend what else can be done outside of raising awareness about this travesty? These young ladies are no doubt being trafficked and abused. Feeling helpless.” So I suggest the following:
Read the blog series “Refuse to Do Nothing,” by Natasha Sistrunk Robinson, based on the book by the same name with the subtitle ‘Finding the Power to End Modern-Day Slavery,’ by Shayne Moore and Kimberly McOwen Yim.
Contact Minetta Hare or Sabrina Black to join forces with their work against human trafficking
Pray Psalms 10 and 82
Believe the Lord to move on our behalf (Psalm 73, 145:20)
We can never roll over and disconnect from what’s happening around us. We have the greatest power in the universe living on the inside of us. Let’s fight this battle in the spirit and see God’s power manifest through us. Fighting wickedness is undoubtedly a radical act of love.