January has been named Human Trafficking Awareness Month and January 11th is Human Trafficking Awareness Day…a large step in the right direction for America. Maybe it isn’t a coincidence that this comes before the month of “love”…February and Valentine’s Day.
Our culture has a problem with slavery today because it indulges in lust not true love. The lust after one another has created a dark society of prostituted women and children, women and children forced into pornography, brutality, murder and the complete devaluing of human life and the feminine form.
We could look out to other nations and say, “well we aren’t as bad as they are.” I’m not so sure about that. While it is true that women are valued more highly in the US than say, in India or China, we still have a deep lust lurking in the hearts of many and it is only masked better here in the United States than elsewhere. Did you know that prostitution is illegal in Las Vegas, but that Las Vegas is one of the world capitals for traffickers to bring their victims? Did you know that the prostitution of women and children isn’t just happening in places like Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York City, but it is happening in the small towns of America? Did you know that at least 17- 18,000 women and children are trafficking annually in the United States? That doesn’t include those brought into the US from other nations. Did you know that the average age of entry into the sex trade in the US is the age of 12? THAT’S RIGHT 12!
Lust is a counterfeit of love. Jesus is pure love and He came to set captives free.
It’s time our culture stops indulging in a counterfeit and goes right for the real thing.
We must stop failing to love one another and begin valuing life as a beautiful thing, not something to be used and tossed aside. When we begin to love one another and not lust the demand for women and children to be used horrifically will cease.
As it says in 1 Corinthians 13:4- 8 (emphasis my own):
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does NOT DISHONOR others, it is NOT SELF SEEKING, it is not easily angered and it keeps not record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. IT ALWAYS PROTECTS, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
LOVE NEVER FAILS…
**All statistics can be found at sharedhope.org or polarisproject.org