Many of you have read some of my previous blogs where I have been addressing Matthew 6. As you can tell God has been stirring in me a deeper passion for social justice as my eyes are ONCE AGAIN being opened to injustice locally and abroad. This week I have been meeting up with a missions team from Texas Tech that is doing work with Elijah Rising (Exodus Cry) in Houston. We are learning about and doing outreaches to combat sex trafficking right here in Houston. I also just finished the movie "Nefarious" (look it up and watch it).
My heart is reminded of a time period where I felt this way before. A time where God broke my heart for the poor has I worked with Encountering God in Lubbock. I remember a time where my heart broke for human trafficking as I learned about the issues in Thailand and Cambodia while I was in a college class. I remember when my eyes were awakened to the fact that it happens here last year while I was in a training to rescue girls out of Houston.
I remember when....... I remember when these were big deals and I can remember now when they took a backseat to my own life decisions and issues. I told my youth group in Ville Platte many times that the worst thing I could ever have to say is "I remember when I used to love God, or I used to be on fire for God..." and though that is still the worst thing I could ever say the feeling i have now is pretty close. "I remember when those issues so moved my heart".
Check out some scriptures the Lord gave me in prayer yesterday. "A WORTHLESS WITNESS scoffs at justice..." (Proverbs 19:28) "To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice" (Prov. 21:3) "Rob not the poor, neither oppress the afflicted at the gate, for the LORD WILL PLEAD THEIR CAUSE AND DEPRIVE THE LIFE OF THOSE WHO DEPRIVE THE POOR" (Prov. 22:22,23)
I do not want to be a worthless witness, I do not want the Lord to plead the cause of the poor to me because I wouldn't plead their cause for Him. I do not want to be the person who walks on the other side of the road ignoring the abused right across the street.
There has been changes and stirrings like never before since my time in South Sudan that I was finally able to put a word on this morning.
The assignment has felt urgent since my time in S. Sudan. It's time for the body of Christ to stand up and do the things that we've long since been prodded to do. To die to self and allow the injustices of others to come to the forefront. It's time for evangelism, outreach, and advocacy. We must reach out to the lost, the hungry, the abused, the trafficked.
- A conservative estimate of the number of victims of sexual slavery/sex trafficking globally is 4,500,000 (International Labor Organization, 2012)
- As many as 2 million children are subjected to prostitution in the global commercial sex trade. (U.S. State Department, Trafficking in Persons Report, 2011)
I am praying and asking our Precious Holy Spirit to give direction on how I can more specifically address these issues, will you do the same? Ask the Lord what your part is to play in reaching out to the lost, in feeding the poor, adopting the orphan, advocating and rescuing the trafficked. YOU CAN HELP. You can make a difference. You have a part to play.
"You may choose to look the other way, but you can never again say you did not know" ~William Wilberforce
Be Blessed, J. Tate