One cause that has become very important in the life of Impact Church is freedom. There are more slaves in the world today than at any other time in human history, and only 1% ever get rescued. It is a world-wide crisis for sure. But this is also a problem right here in Northern Virginia. Most people think that because of the affluence, power, wealth and education of this area that something like human slavery would never be a problem. In 2016, over 500 victims of human trafficking were identified in Northern Virginia alone.
One thing I’ve learned from taking up this issue in recent years among Christians is that we don’t really know what to do about it. We think that the problem is too big or we aren’t the police or it’s too dangerous or as I was told recently by another local church, “it’s just too dark to be talking about in God’s House.”
So, here are 5 things you can do right now to help stop human trafficking…
- Stop looking at porn.
There. I said it. Most of the human trafficking in our country is sex trafficking. This is where victims are forced to sell their bodies for sex in exchange for money for their pimp. When you look at porn, you are literally funding the sex trafficking industry, which is the 2nd largest criminal industry in the world. If we are serious about wanting to stop slavery, then we should start with our phones and laptops.
- See something? Say something.
Most of the time we may see something that looks weird, but we don’t say anything because we don’t want to “overreact.” Possibly saving someone from slavery is worth overreacting. I’ve never met an officer who would judge someone for saying they saw something that they thought was trafficking. See something at a hotel you’re staying at? Thrown off by someone you see walking down the street? Call the non-emergency number for your police department and say something. If you SAY SOMETHING you might SAVE SOMEONE.
- Remember God’s heart for justice.
Meditate on Psalm 33:5 – “He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.”
Read over and over Isaiah 61:8 – “For I the LORD love justice; I hate robbery and wrong…”
Make Isaiah 1:17 your motto – “Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.”
- Make disciples of Jesus.
True Jesus followers do not take part in human trafficking. It’s impossible to be following Jesus and traffic a victim at the same time. As we teach people how to follow Jesus, there will be life transformation. At the end of the day, we don’t need to just shut down the human trafficking industry, we need to see hearts changed by The Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Support organizations who are fighting human trafficking.
Give your money to organizations such as IJM (International Justice Mission) and NOVA-HTI (Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative). They are on the front lines and have the resources needed to fight this hands on. But they need our help. Tell others about them and let’s help resource them to end human trafficking on our behalf!