Chad Veach made his film debut in CAGED NO MORE. Human trafficking is an issue close to Chad's heart. He has provided four weeks of discussion points for your church to use.
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Week 1: What is trafficking? Forms of trafficking:
What does the Bible say about trafficking? Bible verses which speak of slavery and freedom. Who is at risk here at home?
Exodus 6:6-8, “I am God. I will bring you out from under the cruel hard labor of Egypt. I will rescue you from slavery. I will redeem you, intervening with great acts of judgment. I’ll take you as my people, and I'll be God to you. You’ll know that I am God, your God, who brings you out from under the cruel hard labor of Egypt. I’ll bring you into the land that I promised to give Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and give it to you as your own country. I am God.”
Ezekiel 34:27, “Then the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase. They shall be safe in their land; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke and delivered them from the hand of those who enslaved them.”
Galatians 5:1, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,
Even all the way back to the old testament. The heart of God has never been for his people to be enslaved. Not to another human, nor to any substance or addictions. God declares in Exodus, “let my people go, that they may worship me.” In other words, God has always wanted his people to be free so that they could enjoy the abundant life he has destined for them!
The heart of God is first of all relationship with us. Gods greatest desire is us. He loves us. He is for us. To know God is the greatest honor given to man. Gods greatest desire is us… and directly after…. Our freedom! He wants us to know him and discover the freedom that can only be found in his son!
Jesus paid the ultimate price on the cross. He died for our sin. But he also paid the price for our freedom. The Bible says that our freedom was purchased at a high price. It cost Jesus His life for us to enjoy great freedom.
This only proves the fact that slavery is the complete opposite of the heart and will of God!
Week 2: Every human being’s life is precious
Honoring one another, putting an end to objectifying females biblical verses on honor, cherish
Romans 12:10, “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”
Ephesians 5:25, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”
These verses only speak to the nature of God for man and woman. At no point is ever okay for either sex to objectify the other. God has created us to serve one another, honor one another and compliment each other.
In God’s eyes, every person matters. David understood this so much that he says, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made..” He continues this thought by exclaiming “you know how many hairs upon my head” and “more than the sands of the seas so are the thoughts of the LORD towards me.”
This is a great glimpse at how highly God values every individual. He knows everything about you because he is in love with you!
When you understand how much God loves you… you also understand how much God loves all people!
Every person is valuable in the sight of God.
Week 3: Love and respecting yourself
Be smart about the relationships you forge. Look for Godly influences in your life. Watch the way you dress; it puts out a persona that can be passing on the wrong message
Matthew 22:37-39, “Jesus replied: “‘love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[C] 38 this is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’”
I’ve always believed… you can’t love others until you love yourself.
There’s something powerful about a person that has self-respect. There’s something attractive about someone that realizes their value. God loves it when we respect and honor ourselves. Always surround yourself with people that have a high respect for themselves. That will give you a model on the proper way to have a self-view and self-realization.
Godly influences are critical. Ultimately, you are who you hang with. Paul, the apostle, understood this truth so much that he said, “bad company corrupts good character” ain’t that the truth! Look to have Godly influences not “bad company” influences!
Godly influences will help you and sharpen you. The Bible says “as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
When you walk with Godly influences, it helps shape your perspective on life. Once your perspective starts to change your beliefs get stronger. I believe that “right believing leads to right behaving” But we don’t change our behavior until we get our beliefs right!
Week 4: What can I do?
What does the Bible say about reaching the victims? We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Every one of us can make a difference in some way.
Romans 10:14-15 “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
I’m from the belief that we can’t do everything… but we can all do something!
Ask yourself the question, what can you do to help end human trafficking? Or what can you do to help raise awareness that this problem exists in the world… and it's not okay!
One of the ways that we can reassure people and bring hope is by saying what God says verses like:
Psalm 68:5, “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling.” That’s who God is!
People deal with such brokenness, hurt and pain. Our job is to be conduits of comfort, healing and hope! Again, we can’t do everything, but we can all do something! If this is the fastest growing crime in the world, what are you and I going to do to raise awareness and put an end to this hideous crime!