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Is That Really Justice?
By Kinsey Thurlow on May 25th, 2012

As a growing number of children are trafficked as slaves, made victims of severe poverty, and left fatherless, many across the earth are taking a stand on their behalf.

Currently, a number of organizations exist to combat the great onslaught of injustice that has seized millions of children all over the earth. In effort to bring an end to Africa’s longest ongoing war, some have sought to expose the massacre of children who have been trafficked as soldiers and trained at young ages to kill. Others have reached out a hand to the poor and the orphaned, building schools for impoverished African children and sending food and gifts to orphaned children across the nations. Certain television networks have even taken a stand against human trafficking. Though lust is flaunted and promoted through a number of their programs, some networks have raised a voice in contradiction to themselves, speaking against the lust-driven industry of trafficking that binds women and children in sex slavery and forced prostitution.

Believers and unbelievers alike are championing groups such as these who are lifting up their voices and shaking their fists against the injustice that has come against our children. But as we stare at some of these well-meaning initiatives, it is critical to notice that something is amiss. Do we see the perilous deficiency?

We must ask, is this really justice? The initiatives I have briefly mentioned, among a number of others, must be weighed for authenticity. The measure of the validity of any justice initiative hinges upon the centrality of Jesus within that particular initiative. Though many “moves of justice” are rolling through the earth, if Jesus does not hold the supremacy in these moves, we must discern and boldly hold to the truth–This is not really bringing justice to children. If Jesus is not the core of our reason, the strength of our fight, and the recipient of the glory, all of our efforts, though they may be radical and even bring us to tears, will come to nothing in the end. Our God does not recognize them. Even if we give all of our possessions to the poor, or surrender our bodies to be burned, it profits nothing if the love and glory of God is not our prevailing ambition (1 Corinthians 13:3). He must be central, not the strength or zeal of man. I once heard a singer proclaim a truth, and her song still sounds in my heart, “If it’s not Jesus, it’s not justice.”

Human trafficking has ravaged the nations, and the bodies and souls of women and children. In coming against this atrocity, how important it is to remember that our wrestle is not against flesh and blood, but against powers and rulers and spiritual forces in heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12). We are actually warring against real demonic powers, and if we are doing it apart from Jesus, we have no authority to combat these forces or to tear down these strongholds that bind both the captives and captors. If Jesus does not hold the preeminence in the battle, if it is not Him leading us, our human ability will surely be exposed as finite. We might rescue a child, but we can do nothing to rescue the imprisoned souls of their captors, and neither can we truly restore the shattered hearts and lives of those once held in bondage. These need healing in places none of us can reach. Only the Holy Spirit can access those deep places and bring lasting healing and restoration.

Not only has human trafficking stolen our children, fatherlessness has also wrought havoc on this generation. In some detrimental cases, fathers have turned their hearts away from their own children, turning sons and daughters into orphans who’ve been abandoned, abused, and neglected. And for a number of other young ones, disease and poverty have permeated their lands and left them without mother or father.

A great number of people, stirred by one thing or another, have reached out and pulled these orphaned children into their families. Yet, simply bringing these children into our homes, even adopting them as our own, will not necessarily give them true and full justice. Unless we reach to give these children Jesus, we are doing no more than making them more comfortable for a few decades while hell still awaits them at the end of their lives.

Any ministry to the poor and fatherless–whether we are visiting them, mentoring them, creating programs for them, providing food for them, adopting them, building schools for them, etc.—it all must be done out of the place of intimacy with the Father and His Son Jesus. It must be His love, poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, overflowing and compelling us. For it is only out of this overflow that true justice can be delivered. The Church must take her stand, strong and humble. She must lift her voice among the voices, to unapologetically declare and demonstrate the true justice that comes only through the Lord Jesus Christ.

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