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Human trafficking ministry, done in humility, flows from Jesus’ commands


By Abby Hopkins

I have always wanted to be a world changer. Even now I am constantly reminded of this goal at my university, where our motto is, “What starts here changes the world.”

I believe God has given me this desire for change and justice in the world for a reason, and I am so thankful for the passions He has placed in my heart. Lately, God has caused me to desire a platform of change that centers on Him, rather than on myself.

Over Spring Break, I traveled to New York City with other college students from my church. It was a large group, but we were split into breakout teams with specific focuses for the week. My group’s focus was anti-human trafficking, so we met with three different non-profit organizations that work to end trafficking.

One of the primary lessons God taught me throughout the trip was the need for Christians to love people in a way that prevents them from being exploited. Traffickers target the vulnerable. People who are often overlooked, unloved, and underserved are often the most vulnerable. So, one of the best things we can do for people is love and serve them.

Jesus spoke to this point in Mark 9:35 when He said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.&rdquo...

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We are all familiar with the powers that be: the government, the military, the academy, corporate America, the religious establishment.... The truth is that the course of our existence is profoundly influenced by the powers that be, the powers that frame our lives. Click here to read more.

Therefore: The Prophetic Imagination

While the phrase “prophetic imagination" never occurs in the text of scripture, these two words provide a critical key for understanding the message of scripture. We often think of imagination as a form of fantasy, as fanciful thoughts or mental constructs which contrast with the actual realities which frame our lives. Click here to read more.

Therefore: Death, Resurrection & the Redemption of the Body: Practicing Watchfulness

Reflecting biblical teaching, the Apostle's Creed ends with the affirmation, “I believe in… the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting." Yet against the testimony of Scripture and creed, our lives observably end in death.... Scripture gathers all of our observations into a solemn pronouncement: "You are dust, and to dust you shall return" (Gen. 3:19b) Click here to read more.

Book Thoughts: Connecting the Spiritual Life to Ethical Living - "Thirsty for God"

Bradley P. Holt

Christians typically think of spirituality as dealing with the interior life of prayer, meditation, contemplation, and possibly worship without connecting it to how they live their lives outwardly in the world. Bradley P. Holt, in his book, "Thirsty for God: A Brief History of Christian Spirituality," is persistent in connecting inward spiritual experiences with outward expressions of Christian love and activity in the culture. Click here to read more.

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Scripture

“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:13-16 NRSV

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Ferrell Foster
Director, Ethics & Justice, Christian Life Commission

(512) 473-2288