Incurable Fanatics

“Incurable Fanatics”

As many of you know Trish and I have a call to be part of the fight to end human trafficking and sexual slavery in Thailand. In particular we want to help rescue and care for children who have been trafficked or are at risk of being trafficked by setting up safe homes. Recently we saw the documentary film Nefarious: Merchant of Souls. This film takes you behind the veil of the worldwide sex industry. It is probably the most moving and powerful film we have ever seen. It just reinforced the truth of Proverbs 24:11-12;

“Deliver those who are being lead away to death,                                                                              And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back.                                                         If you say, ‘See, we did not know this.’                                                                                                   Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts? And does He not know it who keeps your soul? And will He not render to man according to his work?”

According to the dictionary the word nefarious means “flagrantly wicked, evil, vicious, immoral.”  Any description of human trafficking can only be described as “nefarious”. It is estimated that today that more than 27 million people are in slavery around the world. Most of these are women and children. And the vast majority is caught in sex slavery. In Thailand there are 2.8 million women, men and children in prostitution. 800,000 are children. The question is what is the church (that includes you) going to do to bring this great evil to an end? We can no longer look the other way.

This is not the first time the church has had to face this evil. In the late 18th century slavery was epidemic around the world. At that time a man named William Wilberforce rose up and took an unpopular and much maligned stand for the abolition of slavery. Against seeming impossible odds he led a movement that eventually resulted in the end of slavery in the West. It is time for a new generation (young and old) to stand up with the courage and passion of Wilberforce and bring an end to human trafficking. He is quoted as saying, “If to be feeling alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large.” So it is with Trish and me. May it be so with the church, with you!