Did you ever watch the television show, Kids Say the Darndest Things, when it was on? Art Linkletter was the first host of the show, followed by Bill Cosby. The program was improvisation at it’s finest. Nothing was rehearsed, truly an example of what you see is what you get, and it was hilarious.
I love phrases from children. One of my favorite that our family has used through the years came from my cousin, Brad. It was,
How can mine help it?”
He said it when something happened where he felt helpless. He knew someone should do something, but he felt powerless to help.
This morning I read Proverbs 29:26 which says,
Many seek an audience with a ruler but it is from the Lord that one gets justice.”
Well, if you know me at all, you know when the word justice pops into my mind, I immediately think of my girls and others who are or have been caught in sexual exploitation. They deserve justice, restoration, love, encouragement and so many other things. I fully agree with this verse in response to the issue of sex trafficking. As one politician said to me,
We will never be able to legislate this issue away.”
Don’t get me wrong, I do think we need stronger laws on the books with harsher penalties to serve as deterrents, but this isn’t a sex issue, it’s a heart issue.
Hurt people hurt people.
Those who are doing the buying and selling of women and children are doing as the result of a deep wounding somewhere in their lives. I know this because they’ve told me so. I’ve talked with a few former traffickers and even had a long conversation with a former purchaser. As each of them unfolded their stories, at the root of it all was a deep, personal wound.
So, why isn’t God doing something about it? He might be asking you and me the same question.
You see, we are His plan A and there isn’t a plan B. He told us to be His hands and feet to the world. Matthew 25:31-46 lays it out for us. We’re to meet people’s needs whenever it’s within our reach to do so. Now, hear me clearly, God didn’t say enable people to be lazy and do for them what they can do for themselves. He said to meet their needs when they can’t and you can.
As I’ve said before, you don’t need to quit your job and start a non-profit to fight the issue to get involved. There are simple steps you can take to get involved:
- When cleaning out closets, donate your gently used items to frontline organizations or second hand stores that fund their work, like Wellspring Living.
- Sacrifice a Starbucks or two a week and give those funds to an organization that rescues victims like Bishop Outreach or Out of Darkness.
- Volunteer to work with young boys in your church or community and talk with them about the dangers or pornography and why they should treat girls with honor and respect. If you need tools to help you do so, go to Porn Harms for resources.
I don’t care what you do, but do something.
At the end of the day, when we each come face to face with the Lord, we want to hear Him say,
Well done, good and faithful servant,”
Just as He did in Matthew 25:23. In order for Him to say well done, we must do something. What will you do? How will you help?