Modern-day Slavery and Our True Liberator
In dealing with the unthinkable reality of modern-day slavery, we need our True Liberator to give us hope.
The story behind the sermon (By R. York Moore)
Why preach on Human Trafficking
I believe the Church has a moral obligation to press into the growing tragedy of slavery of all sorts and particularly the horrors of sex trafficking. Sex slaves are made in the image of God; Christ died for them and loves them. God longs to set the captive free and restore broken lives. Unfortunately, in our day this has been allegorized and made to apply only to our universal captivity to sin. I believe that God wants to set free those who are literally in captivity as well and to restore people and communities from the displacement, disease, and disaster brought about by injustices like slavery.
You could also consider it this way: Sex slaves represent not only an unreached people group but one of the rare "unreachable" people groups because of their circumstances. Even by conservative estimates, there are hundreds of thousands of people who suffer in this category, the vast majority are women and a sizable percentage are children. The vulnerable and marginalized have always been at the center of God's missional activity in Scripture. As followers of Christ, we should long to seek their freedom so that they can hear the good news of Jesus—something that is impossible in their captivity and servitude. Either way we look at it, the Bible calls us to care for the outcast, widows, orphans, and the poor. This certainly encapsulates those who live as slaves today—in fact, many slaves fit most if not all of these contours.
The Big Idea of this message This particular message was written for evangelical organizational leaders and justice-oriented practitioners at a missions conference in Chicago. While I believe most evangelicals have finally ...
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R. York Moore is the National Evangelist for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA, the author of Making All Things New, and the founder of the Price of Life campaign, a movement which combines evangelism and the fight against modern-day slavery.