by Stephanie Olson, Co-founder Set Me Free Ministries/Executive Director of The Set Me Free Project
As Cindy shared in her last blog, we are going to be doing a short series on human trafficking. And today is Martin Luther King, Jr. day. What an incredible man with an incredible mission. We’ve come a long way since his amazing life and brutal death, but we certainly have a long way to go.
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."
As hard as that reality is, it is so true. And in the face of something like human trafficking, we have a choice. We can do nothing and, in turn, cooperate with it, or we can fight. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that everyone should pick up the same mantle as we are or make this your “cause.” I’m simply suggesting that we should all educate ourselves and understand the truth, because in knowing the truth, we do things to stop this evil.
For example, human trafficking is truly a symptom of a much bigger problem—the lack of human dignity in our world and the failure to recognize the value of every single human life. As our Declaration of Independence says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”
When we lose sight of that, when we allow others to look at humans and turn them into objects, we start to go down a heinous rabbit hole that is seemingly impossible to reverse. But God!
Psalm 139 says, “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
You are fearfully and wonderfully made. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. The same is true for every, single person on this Earth. God loves each and every one of us, and He sees our lives as precious. All of us.
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life reminds us that we are all valued, we are all loved by an amazing God, and all of our lives are precious. Let’s never forget that beautiful fact.