Fast For Freedom Day 8 – Love and Justice #IWFF

This season of lent, follow along with the Fast For Freedom. Participate by sharing, praying, fasting, or giving to raise awareness about global slavery. Download the 40 day devotional for free here. Share your own thoughts and prayers in the comments, and be challenged to take action in the movement for Freedom.

“I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will sing praise…”

Today’s reading provides us with a challenge. To walk blamelessly before a Holy God. To hold those who are wicked accountable. There is almost nothing more wicked then the perverse exploitation of others that comes hand-in-hand with human trafficking. Today’s devotion mentions even those in government or positions of authority who allow or even assist in systems of oppression and corruption.

Yet we sing of love and justice.

Justice; like this case from NFS Romania where, after a long battle, nine traffickers were convicted of human trafficking.

Love; like this song from Passion 2012 where thousands of young people, who may never meet a victim of human trafficking, sang together that they would be a voice for freedom.

Love and Justice, working together to bring freedom. Working together to change systems that oppress the vulnerable. Working together to bring redemption, healing, and completion.

Two words which express the heart of God and challenge us to a better way of living.

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Get practical: Right now if you are reading this, please pray for Christina in South Africa, she has a pretty important meeting happening tomorrow morning.

At the same time, Amsterdam Director Toos will also be in a meeting that is significant to our work here in the Netherlands.

Pray for favour for both of them, and let’s see real change come when we step into the authority granted us by a loving God who cares deeply for the cause of those who are enslaved and exploited.

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Update: I saw video tweeted out about the relationship between Love and Justice. Interesting thoughts here on the summation of the law: “Doing justice is an example of what scripture means by love”. Go deeper and take the time to watch this video:

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2 Responses to “Fast For Freedom Day 8 – Love and Justice #IWFF”
  1. i recently watched two movies that had to do with human trafficking (sex trafficking to be more specific). The Girl who Played with Fire and The Whistleblower. One recommendation i got from you and one from netflix. In THe girl who played with fire, it was kind of only the background story. (you may have seen it) but heres a brief recap for anyone who may be interested. A female grad student and her reporter boyfriend do research on a sex trafficking and prostitution ring. right before their stories go to print, they are murdered. Im sure this is a legitimate concern and fear for many of you working in this area.

    I had been wanting to see it for weeks but i had midterms last week so i made myself wait, so friday night i rented the Whistleblower and my boyfriend and I watched it. It was INFURIATING. here is what i wrote on my facebook about it:

    “the whistleblower. awesome movie highlighting the horrors of human trafficking and some of the reasons it is so hard to stop. this movie , like The Girl who Played with Fire, is also very adult in nature (sexual assault, language, violence), but a really good movie that you need to see. problems and corruption in the justice system are probably one of the most prominent reasons human and sex trafficking still happen in many places. as you would see in this movie, for every one person who realizes the problem and wants to help, there are many more who ARE the problem. from taking bribes to not act to actually taking part in the buying/selling/transporting girls who are kidnapped and forced into prostitution. from there, onlookers think that these girls are just ‘whores’, that they choose that life and are getting what they deserve, so they want nothing to do with helping them get out. from the girls’ perspectives, the men in uniform should be the ones to help them, but when the men in uniforms are the very ones partaking is this horrific act in every aspect, they are very leery to trust someone who honestly wants to give them a way out. from the movie(paraphrasing) one of the girls said “the man in the blue uniform came and we thought he was our rescuer…. but then he was the one who got in the van and drove us across the border.”

    I think that things are slowly getting better with the justice systems in many countries, but we have a looooong way to go. But i truly believe if we continue to have the heart and mind of Christ, God will continue to work miracles setting the captives free.

    my favorite thing about watching this movie was that my boyfriend (who has heard me ramble on for just of 2 months now about the horrors of human trafficking) was also enraged. my heart melted when he said, “i wonder how you get involved to help”… so i rambled on a bit more about Not For Sale, The A21 Campaign, IJM, and the many others doing amazing things all over the globe in the name of JESUS!!!!

  2. justsaskia says:

    Girl, I love your passion!!! Thank you so much for sharing your story and how you are learning more and inspiring others. So beautiful!!! Thank you for taking the time to comment. xoxo

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