“Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed.
Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.”
How many of us have said to ourselves–or even out loud–that if we had been around during the Holocaust or the African Slave Trade that we would have done something about it? How many of us have wondered where were the millions upon millions of average people just like us while human beings were being brutally tortured, held against their will, murdered–stopped from living the life that God had for them?
We would have banded together and done something…right?
Well…here we are. There are more slaves in the world today than at any other time in history. The problem is comprehensive. It is global. And it is OUR problem. We live in a generation where there are 27 million slaves. There are 7 billion people in the world. It is the deception of all deceptions that we cannot eradicate slavery. We outnumber the slave keepers and slave traders millions to one. We must begin to see ourselves as the force that we are. God Almighty has called us to care for the vulnerable, the oppressed. We have the financial resources. We have the intelligence. We know about slavery and we have what we need to stop it. We know where the vulnerable and oppressed are in every place on the planet. We know what makes them vulnerable. We know how the exploiters find them and keep them. We can meet God in prayer and in our deeds. If we’re really honest with ourselves, we know what we need to do to end slavery.
We must not be lulled into a stupor of busyness, into a deceptive confusion about the problem, or into fear.
The weak and vulnerable children of our generation are being taken, used, brutally abused, and killed in our midst. Today. Right now. Even as you are reading this message.
It’s our time to pray.
It’s our time to act.