“If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything”
As a Christian, I am so often challenged to stand for something, to fight against an injustice, to help something; someone. Sometimes it feels like there are so many injustices to fight against I don’t know where to begin.
One thing I love about God is that He is so good at giving me direction and purpose. I know I can’t do everything, yet He still challenges me to do something.
I love my job with a passion. I love the privilege of working for Compassion UK, and knowing that I am contributing in some way to help fight against poverty and injustice, one child, one life at a time. I love the fact I am able to reach into the life of a child and help them in a simple small way. I love sponsoring Julio in Peru, and Prity in Bangladesh. I love knowing that I am fighting in a small yet profound way for their precious lives.
Yet there is still so much more to do. Recently I watched the film 58 which highlights the injustices in life, yet the amazing power of the Church to overcome. You can follow them on twitter http://twitter.com/#!/live58now or visit their website http://www.live58.co.uk/ to find out more. It got me thinking about all the issues, and all the ways I could help.
Then in Church last week I heard an amazing talk by Christine Caine (http://twitter.com/#!/ChristineCaine) all about A21 and the work they are doing to fight against human trafficking. This is something God has really been speaking to me about recently. So many people think that slavery or the trafficking of people is an archaic practice that was overcome by those such as Martin Luther King Jr. Yet today there are 27 MILLION modern-day slaves. That is staggering. This number floors me because I cannot comprehend how in a world like ours today, that this can be true. And those are just the ones we know about.
Perhaps even more shocking is the fact that 80,000 of these are in Europe! This is something the Church cannot be silent about. This is something I cannot be silent about! I hear statistics like this, teamed with those such as the fact there are 21 Million orphans in Africa alone, and it breaks my heart, I do not know what to do.
Yet I am also reminded that there are 1 BILLION Christians on the planet, who if mobilised properly would be a powerful force to fight against these injustices. So, is the Church fighting? Am I fighting? Or am I staying silent, like the Church by en large stayed silent during the Holocaust, during wars, during travesties.
In Luke 10v30 the priest and the Levite walked past the hurting man. Most likely not because they didn’t care, but because they were ‘too busy’ in their own ministries to stop and help. But like the Good Samaritan, I never want to be too busy. I want to be moved, interrupted and inconvenienced if it means I make a difference. Helping that man took the Samaritan’s time, money and resources. But it was worth it.
Crying and getting emotional about these issues is not Compassion. Compassion is being moved to do something. In Luke 30v34 the Samaritan had compassion SO he went to him. He set him on his own animal.
I watched these videos and I was moved to do something more than just cry over this horrific injustice. Because this is something that affects everyone; it could be our sisters, our cousins, our daughters, our friends.
Like Moses, we can say so often say “But God…” …I am only a woman, I am only young, I am single, it is too hard. As if God doesn’t know exactly who we are, how old we are, how capable we are. I know that my greatest gifts God has given me will never be ‘enough’ to do all He has called me to do. But He is not looking for super heroes. He is looking for willing hearts who will let God’s supernatural power flow and work through our natural bodies.
So…what can I do? What can you do to fight this horrific crime that is often happening right under our noses?
On the A21 website they have a brilliant article about 21 Ways To Help http://www.thea21campaign.org/21-ways-to-help.php
This can be anything from powerful prayer, speaking out, fasting, buying fair trade products to reduce the demand for products made by slaves (http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/), or supporting financially. Even this Christmas you could help by buying gifts from somewhere like ‘Heaven’s Attic’ ( http://www.heavensattic.co.uk/) a store that give 12% of sales to anti trafficking movements such as A21 and http://www.stopthetraffik.org/
One way to help I am passionate about is sponsoring those at risk. Because poverty is a major contributor that can lead to human trafficking, sponsoring a child or woman in poverty-stricken areas that are also ranked as high origin countries for trafficking can help make a difference. Check out www.compassionuk.org, to see how you can start sponsoring someone in need today!
Please don’t say, I didn’t know, or I don’t know what to do. Even if it something small or simple there is so much we can do to stand with these women and children trapped in this terrible injustice. I aim to challenge myself daily too. To do something, to stand for something, or if not I might as well fall for anything. x