Recently news broke about the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft. Kraft was arrested for involvement in prostitution at a business that might have ties to human trafficking of women for prostitution. It seems the horror stories of people, especially women and young girls being exploited for sexual and domestic servitude, is becoming commonplace. Human-trafficking is a matter the people of God should care about and do its part to end. Since we are created in the image of God, no person should be enslaved in any way for any reason. Imagine the righteous anger of God for those who exploit others? Imagine how God must have a vision of how his people can compassionately help? Psalm 31 is known well for its use as scripture for Mother’s Day sermons but listen to these words from verses eight and nine. “Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the right of the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
We will have a guest speaker on April 7th from a local ministry organization called, Restore. They will share how the problem of human-trafficking is happening in Memphis. The sharing will take the place of the sermon and we’ll use an interview format to hear about the efforts of Restore in our community. The Bible is packed with scriptures that reminds us of God’s call for his people to be compassionate for those who are oppressed. Isaiah 58:6 states, "Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? I want to encourage you to attend worship on the seventh and bring a friend. I am told that our sound system should be in place and so we’ll have a very important topic to hear about and consider how God can use our congregation to put our prayers into action in the Memphis area for those who need help.