You may choose to look the other way but you can never again say that you did not know. -William Wilberforce
Today, we have more laws against trafficking and slavery and yet as a global community we have more slaves now, than we have ever had in our history and because of that we can only fight it… as a community.
Saturday we came together as a community to fight an evil that we need each other to fight. We came together to provide resources of life-saving information for victims of sex trafficking to hotels and places where victims are likely to turn up. It was an outreach to help hotels and other locations become better equipped in the fight against trafficking.
Without fail there always seems to be someone who asks “is really this happening here?” This outreach was no different. So while we were able to reach over 50 hotels, have an 82% success rate, and are believing for the rescue of girls, we still encounter one obstacle that as a community we must overcome.
It is not just ignorance of this issue altogether, but the ignorance that this is happening in our zip code, that helps to keep this injustice moving forward. Traffickers count on our ignorance, heck should I be so bold as to say that in a roundabout way they are making money off of it. Don’t get me wrong, demand is the greatest perpetuator of exploitation, but when the community begins to see what is happening in their sphere of influence and takes a united stand we will see more of a steady decline of injustice. We can all do something and we should all refuse to do nothing.
Help Wanted: A Community of Freedom Fighters.
To love someone unconditionally is something that changes your life. I am not referring to a child or a family member. To love unconditionally is to love without expecting anything in return and can be a challenge as a human being. When we love we expect to be loved back.
While on an outreach yesterday, I had the privilege to experience unconditional love. I was able to witness God’s furious, passionate love by reaching out to others. Others who may have never experienced someone saying, ‘I love you’ or say that they are beautiful without expecting anything in return. That is just like God though, He loves us no matter what, knowing full well that many will not love Him in return. Jesus died on the cross for us knowing full well that many would not believe in His existence, let alone believe that He died because of a furious love. It was an amazing opportunity to be a part of God’s unconditional, passionate love for people who do not even know Him. To give them love and gifts without expecting anything in return was a perfect way to experience what it is like to love without limits, without restrictions, without hope of anything in return…true unconditional love.
Remember, Christ loves unconditionally…you and those who do not know Him.
We as human beings cannot love perfectly, but we can know and experience a perfect love, an unfailing and never ending love. We can also, despite our imperfections, do a simple act of unconditional love (without expectations) for someone and watch the world change one heart at a time. I know my heart is full, and I wasn’t even the recipient in this case.
**For those whom I may have offended by using God’s love and furious in the same sentence: according to dictionary.com furious also means unrestrained energy….
God is unrestrained love.