Yesterday I posted about the Presbyterian Church’s (PCUSA) change in ordination requirements. I pointed out the irony that, upon visiting their website, PCUSA is working hard to eradicate modern-day slavery and human trafficking while at the same time opening themselves up to allowing practicing homosexuals as pastors, elders, and deacons. Both of these things – modern-day slavery and homosexuality – are described by Paul as being “contrary to sound doctrine” (1 Tim 1:10).
While I was criticizing their apparent capriciousness in determining which New Testament vices were applicable today, I did not want to minimize the work that they are doing to eradicate the horrific practice of human trafficking. The endeavors are commendable and we would do well to learn more about what we can do about it.
Here are some helpful suggestion along with links to other resources:
HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
3 key practices
Learn. We know more about human trafficking now than we did 10 years ago. Explore the real outcomes of efforts to help trafficked persons and consult the latest information.
Don’t go it alone. Develop and coordinate your efforts to assist trafficked persons with experienced social service, legal and government entities.
Keep trafficked persons in the decision-making seat. Explain the options available and do not coerce them into help they don’t want. Do not allow your desire to protect trafficked persons to override their ability to make choices about their own lives and situations.
Ways to get involved
Pray for trafficked persons, for all who work to assist trafficked persons, for work to prevent human trafficking, for traffickers to cease their practice and for a global economy that promotes human well-being.
Make discussions about modern slavery a part of your congregation’s worship and educational life.
Observe National Human Trafficking Awareness Day each year on January 11.
Support advocacy campaigns, such as the Campaign for Fair Food (see pages 24–29), that are effective in addressing slavery and the conditions in which it flourishes.
Sponsor an all-day human trafficking awareness training session provided by the Human Trafficking Roundtable of the PC(USA)’s General Assembly Mission Council. For more information.
Collect emergency supplies for trafficked persons at the direction of service providers who are authorized to work with trafficked persons by the state or federal government.
Become a conscientious consumer and investor. Learn as much as possible about the products you purchase, the corporations in which you invest and the condition of employees and laborers in corporate supply chains.
Help provide emergency housing or jobs for survivors of human trafficking in collaboration with government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Justice or Rescue & Restore that have human trafficking initiatives in your area.
If you are a pastoral counselor with training in trauma, consider offering your services to the U.S. Department of Justice human trafficking task force in your area.
Hold a fund-raiser or collection to support the human trafficking work of the PC(USA) or give a donation.
The rest of the article can be found here.
The page of resources on learning more about human trafficking can be found here.