Thursday, May 20, 2010

Legend in My Own Mind Project

As a Christian living in the US, I can sometimes overdose on being an AmeriCAN! I CAN do all things (and forget the "in Christ" part).

The problem with this is that it leads me to boast or brag in what I did.

Oh, I cloak it in religious platitudes. "Isn't it amazing what the Lord did through me!" While those words are often spoken by others sincerely and with no pride, I often use and abuse it to point to 'This guy'.

God opposes that. (1 Peter 5:5)

God had to remind me that he actually likes to use people who the world things little of. 
Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are notto nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord." -Paul, 1 Corinthians 1:27-31
In other words, God is using those he's redeemed in Christ--those the world sees as foolish, weak, lowly, despised and nothing--to shame and nullify those in the world who think they are wise, strong and all that.

Then those who God has just moved mightily through can brag all they want...in Him.

Kind of puts a kink in my Legend-in-my-own-mind Project.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

God is a God of Justice

I share this to remind each of us that while God is a God of mercy He is also a good God of justice. I praise Him when He holds people accountable for their sin when they are unrepentant. Our world needs more men and women willing to "Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God." (Micah 6:8) I praise God for IJM. Darien

Breaking News Update
Location: Kolkata, India
Date: Monday, May 3, 2010
Result: Three perpetrators sentenced for trafficking young girls
Dear Darien,
This Monday, after years of IJM Kolkata's relentless advocacy, two men and one woman were sentenced to 10 years in prison for trafficking young girls for sex, following their convictions for the crime on Friday, April 30.
The perpetrators were arrested in 2007 after attempting to sell three girls, ages 12, 14 and 16, to IJM undercover investigators. Convictions and sentences for sex trafficking have been rare in Kolkata — but because of the commitment of IJM supporters and frontline staff, and the partnership of the local government, change is coming to the city.
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The three survivors abused by these perpetrators (including the IJM client pictured above) bravely took the stand during the court case and are each now healing in loving aftercare homes.

"Not only does the conviction of these perpetrators bring justice to the lives of their victims but it brings protection to the many more girls they will be unable to abuse because they have faced just consequences," explains IJM Director of Operations for South Asia Blair Burns.
Thank you for joining with IJM to seek justice and combat violent oppression. This is just one example of the victories made possible by this movement of friends, advocates and supporters around the world.
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Laurie Hayes
Director of Development
P.S. Visit IJM.org to learn about other recent convictions and rescues.