Perhaps we shouldn’t fight injustice.
We want to end the horrible blight of human trafficking. Some might say we’re engaged with ruthless, violent criminals. The only way to win, they say, is to fight back.
I’m looking at our never-ending war on drugs, terrorism, human trafficking and thinking more, bigger war might not be the answer. I’m wondering why we think we can “out-fight” those who love fighting, who want a fight, for whom fighting is a way of life.
Fighting, violence, weapons – no thanks. And before anybody gets all twisted up thinking I’m trying to start a political debate, well, maybe I am.
I don’t want to fight injustice. I do want to end it. I just don’t think fighting is the way.
Project Rescue bought a building and opened an Outreach Center in the heart of G.B. Road, the nasty red light district in New Delhi. Each day their staff offers respite, medical care, counseling, vocational training, day (or night) care to prostituted woman and their captors.
No strings attached. They love people and form relationships based on trust. They own the building – they’re staying. And a mother says she wants something different for her child. A trafficker’s heart softens just a bit, and one kid moves from slavery to a HOME OF HOPE.
It’s long-term, arduous, painstaking work. It’s the way Jesus worked, trusting that God’s doing a new thing and our job is to believe and follow His principles. And when we’re tempted to go John Wayne and wipe out the bad guys, we remember that Jesus spent much of His time with bad guys.
Last weekend 100 folks rode bikes to support the kids at the HOME OF HOPE. This week a team of 18 people embarks on the FRONT RANGE TOUR. We’re doing all this, the bike riding and trailer loading, because we want those kids to grow up in freedom. We want them to experience the hope that comes from knowing Jesus.
Not by fighting and perpetuating the cycle of violence and abuse, but by replacing it with the light that can drive out the darkness.