“Justice is what love looks like in public.”
~ Cornell West
Here is a video from the Justice Conference 2014 that I attended. Justin Dillon, founder of Made in a Free World helped me to understand the nuances and complexities of Human Trafficking. You might find him helpful as well.
“If you break a good law, justice must be invoked not only for goodness’ sake but for the good of your own soul. Justice may consist of paying a price for what you’ve done or simply of the painful knowledge that you deserve to pay a price which is payment enough. Without one form of justice or the other, the result is ultimately disorder and grief for you and everybody. Thus justice is itself not unmerciful.
Justice also does not preclude mercy. It makes mercy possible. Justice is the pitch of the roof and the structure of the walls. Mercy is the patter of rain on the roof and the life sheltered by the walls. Justice is the grammar of things. Mercy is the poetry of things. ~from Whistling in the Dark by Frederick Buechner
Most people are not aware that slavery still exists in our society, let alone that there are 27 million people enslaved around the world. In order for the poetry of mercy to rain down on the victims of human trafficking we must first educate ourselves about the issue. Take 10 minutes today to educate yourself about 21st century human slavery.
While we celebrated the beauty & mystery of Easter on Sunday, the season of Easter will continue for fifty days. We’ll spend the first few weeks of Easter in a worship series called The Art & Resurrection of Justice.
Outline for The Art & Resurrection of Justice
•april 27: human trafficking (John 20.19-31)
•may 4: food insecurity (Luke 24.13-49)
•may 11: listening to the voiceless (John 10.1-10)
Read John 20.19-31. We will be holding this biblical text in conversation with human trafficking this Sunday. This will be a challenging topic for all of us. We will hold the ancient text and the reality of human trafficking as we look for signs of resurrection and new life amidst despair.
Here is a link to learn more about human trafficking at madeinafreeworld.com/slavery.
Many people doubt the reality of modern slavery and most of us turn away from seeing the wounds it inflicts upon children of God. A few years ago a group called Made in a Free World asked the world one question, “How Many Slaves Work For You?”. They received an overwhelming response from every country on the planet. Learn your footprint here and join the millions of people around the world who have started demanding products Made In A Free World.
The Risen Christ says, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
How might God be sending you into the world to address the brutality of human trafficking? For what purpose are you being sent? To whom is God sending you? How might you be part of offering peace to children and adults caught up in the vicious cycle of human trafficking?