If we review the Old Testament, we’ll learn that many lands were known for their oppression and slavery. A lack of God and a rule of sin causes a lot of oppression anywhere. The line of generations enslaved and those who are highly mistreated overflow in reviewing history. Verses and verses are listed explaining that children of God are to help save these people. Prophets like Amos, Zephaniah, Zechariah, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Micah, Daniel, and Hosea all talk about defending those who cannot defend or speak for themselves, showing kindness to the oppressed, freeing the oppressed, and helping those who are mistreated. As Christians, we have been adopted into the family of God and should seek justice for those around the world.
God cares about the right to exercise His power and authority through justice. Justice occurs on earth when power and authority is exercised in conformity with God’s standards of moral purity and excellence.
Isaiah 61:8 says, “For I, the Lord, love justice.”
There are four truths you can learn about God’s character while reading the Bible:
1. God loves justice and hates injustice
2. God has compassion for those who suffer injustice without care of who they are or where they are from
3. God judges and condemns those who perpetrate injustice
4. God seeks active rescue for victims of injustice
How can you help seek justice for others in accordance with God’s character?
1. You can start by praying. This is the most powerful way that change can happen. While many may feel prayer is just an intention, you need to realize there is a spiritual darkness you are dealing with in which you are bringing a light to as God listens and works miracles each day that you may have no idea are happening simply because you cried out to God for help on their behalf. Your faith can and will move mountains.
2. You can learn about various organizations who work through prevention, rescue, and restoration of the enslaved or oppressed areas and peoples around the world. You may be able to bring financial support so their work can continue. If you don’t have the finances, you can do fundraising for an organization.
3. Spread awareness. Talk to people about the things you have learned in researching human trafficking. Many people know little about it. Others who may already understand what is going on around us might encourage you to continue your research. You may never know that who you talk to about slavery might end up working with victims one day because you reached out to them.
4. You can find organizations that are local, national, or international that are in need of workers. You can learn how to be equipped through the job you may already have in order to work hands-on with those who are enslaved. Create your own events. Invite people over so you can share with them about what is going on. The possibilities are endless.
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