Monday, March 11, 2013

What Are We To Do?




"Sex trafficking is a growing epidemic that needs to be stopped. What are we to do? Deal with this problem from the demand side and lock up all the men who pay for sex? Do we build restoration and rehabilitation centers where victims can go to escape the sordid street life? And how do we pay for these places? How do we effect change and public policy? We need to implement these solutions as well as many others."

 These words were written in a recent Washington Times Communities article by Barbara Amaya, a former human trafficking victim. She's right. No matter how many girls are rescued or how much awareness takes place, nothing will change until the demand decreases. The trafficking of anyone--girl, boy, man, woman--needs to become unthinkable. How can that happen in today's world--a world that increasingly believes life is expendable, money can buy anything even children, and raw sex is one of the most sought after commodities?

At Transform LA, we're convinced that the personal transformation that results from a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ can lead to a dramatic change within our society. Once our web site is updated, it will reflect the 7 challenges we face that Christians must address within every sphere of society: Ideology, Relationships, Orphans, Poverty, and Human Rights all have aspects that create a fertile field for traffickers. They also have created an environment desperate for change and Christians have a responsibility to be at the forefront of that effort.

The 2nd greatest commandment is "Love your neighbor as yourself." That's what gave this blog its title. Just think of how beautiful it would be in the neighborhood if Christians all implemented that command. 

A couple of weeks ago I attended a simulcast of The Justice Conference and Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff, a Professor of Philosophical Theology at Yale University, was introduced as the man who wrote the book on justice. If he did, I'm glad because he laid a strong biblical foundation using the 2nd greatest commandment. It's interesting that this command is delivered 9 times from Leviticus 19 through James 2:8. That last usage states:

"If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

So, what does it mean to love ourselves? Why did God say that? Is that where we went wrong? What do you think?  

More from me on this topic next time. Oh, and maybe I'll address the other two challenges then, too.