Today across America a call to prayer and action has been sounded to cry out to God to stop slavery in our land. Ignorantly many think the age-old practice of slavery ended at the end of the bloody Civil War, but sadly its ugly head has reared itself in some ways a darker more sinister form.
The new name for this ancient practice of treating human beings like possessions is “Human Trafficking”. Sadly hundreds if not thousands of young lives are bartered and sold across our land. The main artery of this grisly work is Interstate 10 which runs across the southern border of the United States along the border of Mexico. It is across the porous border that this flood of human victims enter our land to be exploited by the underbelly of our society. Most of the victims are children bought and sold to satisfy the unthinkable lust of a nation far from God. Sadly, I fear the residents of Sodom and Gomorrah would blush at what happens in the dark shadows of our land.
So what can we do. First we can pray. The challenge is for all of us to set aside time to pray on the 10th of every month for God to stop this terrible crime against humanity. It is suggest you pray at 10 in the morning and 10 at night for I-10. Today our staff stopped and prayed for God to intervene.
Second, we can encourage the law enforcement agencies in our region to educate the officers with the unique challenges of fighting this crime. Often the victims work in the realms of prostitution, and sadly are arrested for the “crimes” when in reality they are the victims of crimes. Police need to be on the look out for “children” caught up in the sex trades, and rescue them and arrest the “pimps.”
Third, we need to work with local social service agencies to provide “safe houses” for those rescued from this black market until they can put their lives back together or get home to waiting family. Once a child is rescued the help only begins it does not end.
Fourth, we need to preach the gospel. America’s addiction to lust drives this industry. We need God to transform our nation from the bottom up. In the dark places the light of the gospel needs to shine. The ultimate hope for real lasting change will come from a spiritual transformation of our land–one heart at a time.
The prophet Amos nailed what we long for with these words, and this is my prayer:
But let justice roll on like a river,
righteousness like a never-failing stream! (Amos 5:24 NIV)