Human Trafficking and De-humanization

March 30, 2009 — 2 Comments

free“Where is the church?” was the question asked a colleague of mine.  Sunday,  in our teaching on John’s Gospel, Chapter 8 (The Truth Will Set You Free!) we addressed our need to respond to dehumanization of sin  wherever it is found – in ourselves, in sexual abuse, domestic violence, or human trafficking within our own state.  I quoted Wendell Berry in the sermon, taken from an interview in the book Conversations With Wendell Berry (p. 144). Here is the actual quote:

If you think every life is sacred, then you have to behave differently toward all these people – fetuses, criminals, enemies – we’ve decided it’s alright to be violent toward….If young people see older people solving their problems by violence, what can you expect except that they will try to do it, too? If they see human life generally depreciated, then they’ll generally depreciate their own lives and the lives of other children. Promiscuity is self-depreciation and another form of violence and exploitation.

We ended our services with a prayer based on Psalm 103 and Micah 6:8

Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all our iniquity,
who heals all our diseases,
who redeems our lives from the pit,
who crowns us with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies us with good
so that our youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The LORD works righteousness
and justice for all who are oppressed.

He has shown His people what is good.
And what does the LORD require of us

To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with our God.

Lord, deliver us from the slavery of sin;

Lord move us to be your instruments of

justice and mercy in the face of exploitation,

violence, and oppression wherever it is found.

In the name of Jesus, our Liberator. Amen

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2 responses to Human Trafficking and De-humanization

  1. 

    You know what Pastor…this is so true! Thank you for mentioning it. WE the church truly need to get from behind the walls and into the world to get people to Christ…
    I look forward to seeing you in the fight.

    Blessings,
    Jae

  2. 

    It is right and necessity for us to act when we see injustice. Far too often even Christians turn a blind eye. This happens because people want to deny they have any personal responsibility and they do not want to bring complication to their own lives. This is why the church is dying. Now as we rise up and ask our God to move on behalf of these victims may God himself fight the battle! And let us stand on the battlefield awaiting instructions and speaking the words he gives into our mouths. When the sleeping giant wakes up, meaning the church, it will be because we, the church take ownership of the sufferings of others and do something about it! Then we will see that God is alive!
    When we finally allow God to take our passions and move us into them then the world will lose it’s grip. Will we receive some blows in the process? Sure we will, count the cost. The truth is you will pay dearly if you do not obey. We have to stop thinking that someone else will take care of it… The devil has been very clever to whisper complacent words into our ears… He has wounded many a Christian soldier and they lie in secret licking their wounds wondering if any of their fight was worth it and if they should step out again.
    If that is you… Remember…lukewarm is not the way to live. Remember the presence of God when He met you as you once stood to fight… and get off your rear and get back to it.
    “I will not die an unlived life.
    I will not live in fear or falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance, to live so that which came to me as seed goes to the next as blossom, and that which came to me as blossom, goes on as fruit”.
    This is a quote by Dawna Markova….

    We all make choices, everyday, all day long. What will I eat, should I call my mother today or wait..what to wear. We make other choices that can slowly or quickly alter the course of our lives. Just start making the choices to be there…wherever there is…At the Statehouse for the rally next Tuesday at 5… Visiting the sick, loving the unlovable…forgiving your annoying neighbor, talking to your estranged father, going to church, going on a missions trip….
    Where are you going? Are you living life or just existing? Are you spending your life or investing it?
    The choice is yours..
    choose wisely…
    Sarah T

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