"With God, I can do all things! But with God and you, and the people who you can interest, by the grace of God, we're gonna cover the world!" Aimee Simple McPherson
This quote from Sister Aimee, an LA-based evangelist in the 1920s and '30s who pioneered the use of modern media, adequately covers how the body of Christ can make a difference to abolishing modern-day slavery. A Californians for Jesus event next Saturday, July 13th, at 9:30 a.m. will make the role of Christians in every sphere of society even more clear.(See link for more details.)
You may think you've never been involved in abolitionist efforts and that you don't have enough time to participate in one more thing, but your current efforts may already be a significant part of the solution. Partnering with others in the body of Christ regardless of age, denomination, ethnicity, or profession will likely maximize your current efforts in ways you never even imagined. Whether you are involved with a nonprofit, work in the entertainment field, serve in government, are a pastor or a soccer mom--you are an influencer who can dramatically make a difference as Christians come together to address the underlying issues that feed human trafficking.
Current efforts typically focus on traffickers and victims. And that's critical. But if we never address the underlying causes for trafficking--poverty, orphans, ideology, broken relationships, and the value of life--societal problems will continue to grow until they completely consume our culture. Increasingly we hear about the problems, but now its time to come together to consider solutions. With God we can do all things, nothing is impossible.
Awareness, prayer, and building relationships is the place to start. They will dramatically impact whether human traffickers continue to gain ground in So. California or whether Christians will follow Christ's commands and work together toward justice, compassion, and mercy. By connecting your efforts with those of other believers already working on this issue, we can let freedom ring.
To make the sound of the freedom we have in Christ even sweeter, please consider sharing the link for this blog post with others in your network. Even if you can't make Saturday's event, involving others is a terrific way to make a difference.