The problem with the daily grind.

I dare you to watch this video. Go ahead. Take five minutes out of your day and watch it. But I’ll warn ya, it’s an eye opener.

My church is showing a documentary about human trafficking called Nefarious later in March, so today I decided to watch this opening scene to see what it’s about. Watching this video stirred up more emotions in me than I thought it would; anger, disgust, hate. I can’t believe this is happening.

These so-called men are degrading millions of women, raping them, forcing them to have sex with them for money. And this sex trafficking, this act of slavery, is the 3rd largest industry in the world.

This makes me sick; the power than someone can have to ruin another’s life. The fact that these men feel entitled and deserving of the right to molest women is terrifying. This can’t happen. It has to stop.

So what are we doing to stop it? 

Honestly, what are you fighting for these days? What do you care about most in life? Is what you’re fighting worthy of your time? Is it going to make any difference in the grand scheme of things?

Here’s the more important question, are you fighting for anything?

What are you doing with your life, man? Going through the daily grind just to get by? Do you not see the hurt and injustice in the world? Just look around at your coworkers, your family, the stranger you pass in the street…I guarantee you each and every one of those people are hurting in someway. Everyone is struggling, searching for hope, trying to find meaning in life.

That’s the problem with the daily grind. We get caught up in ourselves and doing what we’ve got to do to get by that we tend to forget about what’s going on in the world.

We’ve got work to do. We’ve got souls to save. If you call yourself a Christian, then start acting like one. Don’t take that to mean anything than this: God calls us to make disciples. He calls us to follow him. To live a life like Christ did. To take care of the poor, widowed and orphaned. To stand up for the weak. To be a light in the darkness. To be the salt of the Earth. To promote God with our lives because we’re the closest to Christ that some people will ever see.

Am I saying quit your job and move across seas? No. Unless that’s what God calls you to do, then yes.

I’m just saying stop being a punk and start fighting for the cause of Christ. Because there’s no other cause worth fighting for more.

 

Love,
Lottie

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In it to end it.

Today is Shine A Light on Slavery Day. A ton of people have been posting all over social media with the hashtag #enditmovementalong along with red X’s on their hands as a symbol of their support to end human trafficking.

I joined in myself.

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In my mind, there’s two things that can come from drawing an X on your hand today:

1) You can just draw the red X and call it good.

or

2) You agree to join in on the fight.

We do this all the time with causes worth fighting for. We’ll wear a shirt, pin a button, change our Facebook profile, draw an X, wear no shoes; whatever it is, to show our support for a cause. Standing up for causes is not our problem.

We are more than willing to show our support but rarely do anything that will actually promote change in the world we live in. There are a ton of social injustices worthy of our attention and time. And I’d say America does a pretty good job of raising awareness for these battles.

But imagine what would happen if people actually vowed to do more than just show support.

We need more people eager to change the world. We need people who care enough to take matters into their own hands. Not sit back and watch others do the work.

Believe me, I’m preaching at myself when I say this.

We are called to fight. We are called to come along side the weak, the poor, the hungry, the thirsty, the hurting, the hopeless…and DO something about it.

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ – Matthew 25:31-46

We have been given authority to come against the evil of this world. God has equipped us with power through the Holy Spirit so that we can help those who are suffering. To fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.

We need to be doers. We need to stand up for those who can’t. 

You, my friend, can make a difference. You can do more than just “show support”. You can get involved. Raise money. Volunteer. Gather supplies. Seek out organizations that need help. Spread the word. Get your community talking. Heck, you can go across seas and do work in the countries that need us most! Just do something.

My prayer is that I’ll do more than just show support to end injustice. I want to see Human Trafficking end. But me posting a red X on Facebook is not going to end it. Raising awareness is a great start. But it can’t stop there. It’s got to inspire action. That’s the only way true change will happen.

That is my prayer for all of us. That our hearts will be softened to the pain and injustice of this world and that we will begin to take action.

Love,
Lottie