Fast For Freedom Day 4 – Love #IWFF
“For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God , mighty and awesome who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow and loves the alien. giving him food and clothing.”
The last time I read Deuteronomy was … so long ago, I can’t remember. It is so good to look into the word and see the heart of God reflected in passages I often forget about. How key that scripture reminds us that God is mighty, He is awesome, and on a more practical note, He accepts no bribes.
When we first began partnering with law enforcement in Cape Town, the issue of corruption was often brought up. Could we trust the police we partnered with? And if any of you have watched the movie “The Whistleblower”, we are reminded that those in power, those who are meant to protect and defend, often abuse their positions and turn a blind eye to evil, or even partake in it.
In “The Whistleblower” we see members of the U.N. International Police actually allow the sex trafficking of young girls to happen. One brave woman stands up for justice, and she is fired from her job for ‘knowing too much’.
My experience in Cape Town was very different, as I truly believe we partnered with those in law enforcement who truly cared about the issue. I remember observing a trafficker actually offer cash to a police officer to walk away from a situation of international trafficking. The officer turned down the bribe, despite the fact that the money being offered was more than his entire months salary. It turns your stomach to think that those in authority could potentially be corrupted, but on the other hand, I am reminded that none of us are infallible. Only God is truly able to see things from a greater perspective and there is nothing that anyone can do to ‘pay Him off’.
Today’s devotion in the Fast For Freedom focuses our hearts back on love. Our love for God is what drives us to fight on behalf of the oppressed. It is easy to be caught up in the anger and frustration of what is happening in the world of human trafficking, but it is important to not be driven by anger or frustration, or even a sense of striving to succeed. Our driving factor must be love. Love that comes from God alone, because He is the ultimate embodiment of all that is good and all that is love. We never have to wonder if we can trust Him, we never have to worry that He will betray us, or that He will be corruptible.
We must simply walk in trust and commit to stepping forward in this fight for freedom, driven by a love empowered by God, and not by our own human strength or striving to be good.
P.S. Freedom Sunday is happening tomorrow (or today depending on your time zone), February 26th, find a church near you that is participating through this Freedom Sunday church locator: http://bit.ly/wEFzvJ