April 18, 2013 – just a few days after the bombing of the Boston Marathon.
In the midst of the horrific tragedy, broadcasters, Facebookers, and Tweeters repeated with astonishment a theme: “Look at the helpers!” Look at the people who just completed a 26-mile marathon and kept running 2 extra miles to the hospital to donate blood. Look at the people who, while smoke from the explosion permeated the air and no one knew whether it was safe, stayed to aid those injured.
In short – look at the people running toward the danger.
People are amazing! Such courage. Such big hearts. Such resources and a willingness to give.
Let’s expand our vision. Let’s look beyond the danger that is just before us. Rather than limiting ourselves to running toward the danger our physical eyes see, let’s look with our hearts. Turn your eyes upon the nightmare lived by over a million women and girls trapped in sex slavery. Considering the response of the courageous helpers in Boston who ran toward the danger before them, I do not doubt that if any single one of us saw with our physical eyes a woman trapped in sex slavery we would run, we would fight, we would scrap until we saw her set free.
The clever twist in this living nightmare is that it’s hidden from plain sight. The people who facilitate this darkness must know that we will run toward tragedy we can physically see. They endeavor to keep their awful enterprise in the dark. They know that once we see, their time of evil power will end.
SEE IT in your mind’s eye.
SEE IT in documentaries, in the news, in your hometown.
SEE IT in the heroic endeavors of organizations like the A21 Campaign.
Friends, I implore you – SEE IT. Once the light is shed on this evil, its reign will collapse quickly.
SEE IT. Once we see, then we will preach the good news to the poor. Then we will heal the brokenhearted. Then we will announce freedom to the captives. Then we will give sight to the blind. Then we will proclaim liberty to the oppressed.
They’re waiting. In captivity, oppression, and horror most of us cannot imagine, they’re waiting for us to run toward the danger.