About You and Human Trafficking | Truth #3 of 3
Truth #3 – Ultimately, the battle against human trafficking is God’s battle, not ours.
This may sound easy, yet it’s precisely where I find myself struggling to stay on track. Here are three things I sometimes forget.
First, I can’t expect God to launch a one-way God campaign against human trafficking.
True, it’s God’s battle, not ours. But think about God, Moses and the Hebrew slaves. Deliverance from slavery didn’t happen until Moses and the Hebrew slaves did their part. The table was set, but the Hebrew slaves and Moses had to get moving.
Without them and without us, God has no plan. We’re the plan! We need to get moving. Take risks. Do what we think we can’t do. We’ll learn together as we go along—the same way we learn everything else worth learning. The hard way.
Second, God isn’t looking for heroes; God is looking for us!
Think again about Moses. Given his upbringing, he wasn’t a likely candidate for a hero. Fortunately, God wasn’t looking for a hero; God was looking for Moses–just as he was.
Moses, of course, has different ideas. Aaron, my eloquent brother over there, would make an outstanding spokesperson to the pharaoh! God persists. Moses persists. In the end God almost loses it with Moses. Enough is enough! I’ll accommodate you by sending Aaron with you. He can do the talking if you insist, but he will say ONLY what I tell YOU to tell him to say!
Who says God doesn’t know how to bargain? God agrees not to leave Moses out there totally on his own. He also insists that Moses is still the man! Not Aaron. God doesn’t need a hero. God needs a cooperative human being willing to speak to the pharaoh.
We’re related to Moses. His first response to God was simple and direct: Who, me? You want me to do what? Why not that person over there? God’s response is equally simple and direct: I’m asking you because I need you! You’re the plan!
Finally, God ALONE knows how to fight evil without coming under its spell; everyone else is a sitting duck!
Actually, the ‘Who me?’ response may be healthy. If we get caught up trying to be superheroes, we’ll be destroyed by the very reality we try to fight.
- We might try to operate like lone rangers, out to save the world all by ourselves.
- Or we might decide to run a prize-winning, stunningly impressive jaw-dropping operation coordinating hundreds of field operatives and scaling Mt. Everest-like obstacles daily. Front page news! Awards! Fame!
Either way, we won’t notice how much we’ve come under the spell of human traffickers’ preoccupation with money, lust, and power. The feeling of being above it all. On top of the world. Sought after and envied. We’ll lose touch with our frail, fallen humanity; our need to be held accountable; our ignorance, limitations and vulnerabilities.
In the end, it isn’t up to us to figure out everything, read every book, study every bit of data, take every bit of training, or whatever we think we must do so we’re ‘ready.’ Nor must we figure out precisely what God wants us to do. Like Moses, our task is to respond to whatever God sends our way.
Granted, we need basic knowledge. Enough to dispel some of our ignorance and cut through our apathy. Most of us will never be walking encyclopedias or experts on human trafficking. But God isn’t looking for that. God is looking for willing women, men, young people and, yes, even children who care enough not to look the other way.
In fact, the best preparation isn’t what we study. It’s how we relate to persons with whom we rub shoulders every day. At home, in school, our places of worship, shopping malls and supermarkets. Do we notice them? Acknowledge them? Listen to them? It’s the least we can do.
© Elouise Renich Fraser, 5 January 2015