Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sex trafficking in the open

I am currently in Hong Kong where I grew up. It is a wonderful city but within blocks of my hotel is a sign for women - on the street - with prices that differ by nationality. Right in the open, in Mongkok. These women have become a commodity, and not only a commodity but valued monetarily by whether they are Thai, from Hong Kong, China or Russia. Oh, there is a free preview to pick your product.

It is an evil devaluation of individuals who are made in God's image. God's heart must be deeply grieved by the "use" of people He created, loves, died for, and meant for relationship with Him. These are someone's daughters, sisters and mothers. They are women that God wants to make daughters of the king. Rather than being loved they are being used as objects of lust an hour at a time.

This is the face of sex trafficking. It is the face of evil. It is the face of lives and dreams destroyed. It is the face of the evil one whose whole MO is to destroy people made in God's image. The question is whether we are pained as Jesus is pained. Whether we are willing to take action when this happens in our neighborhood and city. 

The Lord said through Isaiah:
Is this not the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter -
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Isaiah 58:6-8.

Do we have God's heart? 


Dennis Hesselbarth said...

The roots of this go deep inside the church,Tim. How is it that combating sexual slavery has become popular but a blind eye remains? I'm not suggesting the explicit sex trade is inside the church, but the accommodation, the acceptance of sexuality as a means and measure of value seems normal. Women, godly women, who wear plunging necklines. Men peruse pornography. Living together. Hooking up. Christian magazines, advertisements only with "beautiful" women.

If Jesus is to be believed, then the lust rampant inside the church is equal to the sex trade outside.

Where are the voices in our churches addressing these things? Not legalism, not prudishness, but genuine mourning and agony over this?

Drew and Rachel said...

This is really hard to look at.
Our city, as with any large city in the world, has many red light districts. But praise the Father, some of our friends are doing incredible work in those areas, with those girls.

But I found that in HK prostitution, pornography, and the gap between the rich and poor is grotesquely obvious. And that is why I have yucky feelings towards HK.

p.s. Happy Birthday!
(Grandma B mentioned it in an email.)