Recent terrorist organizations have become more blatant as they grow in arms and raise a name for themselves. This year alone two relatively unknown groups have come into the media spotlight and worldwide recognition for abducting young girls and selling them into slavery.
The first known this year happened in April of 2014 when over 250 girls from Nigeria were taken. The girls were in school taking an exam in the village of Chibok. The terrorist group Boko Haram captured 274 girls, out of them 50 managed to escape in days the others are believed scattered. Reports out of neighboring villages stated many girls had been sold into slavery for $12. Others believed to be held captive to boarder for the release of other terrorist in prison. The group has continued to abduct other women and girls from villages.
Another group in the Middle East is Isis. Recent reports say that young women and girls have been taken and are being sold at a market set up to sell slaves. This group gained a reputation in the past month for horrible attacks on Christians and minority groups in Northern Iraq. They are also in control of oil and gas fields in Iraq and Syria. Which gives means to continue reigning terror over both these countries.
These two groups that were relatively unknown have now attained worldwide status by horrific acts of terror. It’s not the enemy in a different country but the killing, abducting and selling their own countrymen for their personal ideologies and gain. To sell victims into slavery during war is not new however the velocity in which these acts are happening seems to be accelerating.
We must ask the question, “Why?”
Are children so vulnerable a terrorist group can abduct them in the day and 4 months later little is done to procure their freedom?
Have we become so hardened that we are indifferent to genocide within a people group?
Is the true question “Why do we allow injustice?”
The link between slavery and terrorism is injustice and I passivity by world leaders to lead nations without fear.
If you are like me though you don’t know what to do or how to do it, your not a world leader. You give money if you can and say, “It’s not right” but feel helpless to really bring change. But as Christian’s we are given power and authority by God. In prayer and a relationship with Him we can change the course of history, to reflect the justice that Jesus gave when He died and rose again on the cross.
We can continue to pray for the girls in Nigeria to be freed. We can pray for the women in Iraq and Syria that are being sold to find freedom and safety. We can do that because,
IT MUST BE STOPPED!
As a Christian and Human Rights Activist I want to take up arms and fight for the lives of these people and young girls. But I cannot, I am not equipped or trained to fight these people with weapons made by man. If I tried I would be a goner in less than the time it takes to pull out a weapon.
Yet I have the best and greatest weapon of all, the Sword of God. Prayer. Which equips me.
We must take a stand and pray for their freedom because their freedom and ours is intertwined. These terrorist groups will not stop until they gain as much control as possible. Injustice in one country affects your life, your families life and all those around you. In a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. He said,
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
If we as Christians do not stand up for justice who will know that true justice only comes from Jesus?
Join us today and everyday in prayer for people around the world that are suffering from injustice and help us change the course of history to be freedom.