While God hates the injustice of human trafficking, He loves the person who is forcing men, women and children into sex trafficking. And that should give us hope. How we think, how we speak, and how we act must reflect that. God has called us to love the person who is perpetrating oppression just as much as we love and fight for those who are being oppressed.
We are not owners of the world, or anything in it for that matter, though we stand in as caretakers and stewards. So what does it look like when we recognize that “the earth is the Lord’s and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it?” After all, we will be giving back to God all that he has lent us, our bodies, money, houses, cars and the earth we inhabit.
This may be a shocking statement, but leadership does not grow the church. Yes, the mantra in recent years has been, “everything rises and falls on leadership.” But what if leadership rises and falls on communication? Specifically for pastors and those in ministry, what if church leadership rises and falls on preaching?