I was asked the following question in a comment on the Red X post. It was such a good question, I thought it would be appropriate to answer it here as a separate post.
The question was this:
“As a non-believer, I want to ask: isn’t there a place in the anti-trafficking movement for me? Or do my words and deeds mean nothing, because they are not backed by prayer? As a humanist, I believe this life is all we’ve got – and it therefore must be treated as sacred – and the victims and the vulnerable must be sheltered and protected. I work and sacrifice and give to worthy causes. But I don’t believe in any god, and I don’t pray. Just another perspective to consider.”
I have been asked some really obnoxious questions, many of which I do not feel the least bit obliged to publish or answer. Yours is not one of them. I actually welcome this question.
First let me say:
Do you have a place in this movement? Yes. Does money help? Of course. Does telling others help? Well, if they will do something – like donate money or tell someone else who will donate money or learn how to spot a trafficking situation and report it – then yes.
Awareness is necessary. I did not say that it was not necessary; simply that it does nothing to heal those who have survived, and we are many. Those of us, hidden in corners for years, are not being helped by the awareness any more than it would help a homeless man for you to stand next to him on the street and scream to the world that he is homeless.
And all those dollars that are going to rescue are actually – at this point in time – yielding very little in terms of actual, true restoration of lives. You will find this to be true if you speak directly with anyone trying to run an organization that restores trafficking victims.
And to be clear – having a roof over your head, food to eat, and a job skills does NOT heal a heart wrecked by inconceivable evil….just as more awareness campaigns do not heal broken hearts.
Do you have what it takes to set me free? Can you heal my broken body? Can you bring peace to the mental torment and memories? Can you stop me from having the nightmares? Can you personally protect me from my traffickers finding me and coming after me?
Because if you can only physically free someone, but you do not have what it takes to bring them out of the mental and spiritual and even physical torment, then what?
The problem with humanism is that humans do not have the power to free other humans from spiritual bondage.
It was man who did this to me, but these men were driven by forces of evil. One good thing about the awareness explosion is that people everywhere are waking up to the realization of how complete and total evil has hijacked the hearts of men so badly, that they are willing to rent out little girls and boys as young as infants for violent sex acts until the child dies.
I’m not sure how, as a humanist, you explain how other humans can disrespect life so badly that they will make films of adults sexually torturing children unto death. If you don’t believe in God, do you believe in evil? Because no one can possibly point to these acts and not see them as inhumane, demonically driven evil.
And, as a simple human, even one with a big heart and great respect for human life, you do not have what it takes to set me free from the ongoing torment that marks a life with such evil.
It takes a power greater than what any human has to offer to actually free survivors from the evil aftermath of their captivity.
For many years, I looked to man – to kind, benevolent, well-meaning, good-hearted people to help free me from the HELL I still lived in for years after escaping. And NONE of them had anything to offer other than human sympathy and friendship at best. While good, these things were NEVER going to have the power to break the chains still wrapped around my heart, mind and body.
It takes a lot more. It takes a supreme Being powerful enough to break the back of the evil I have experienced.
I do not know how you came to hold your worldview, but I can tell you that I came to hold mine from experiencing the healing that only God could offer me.
I cannot overstate the firm belief I have in prayer to set people free. Prayer to the God who sits enthroned on high. He is the ONLY one with the power to free me from these unseen chains. And it is our humble acknowledgment, through prayer, of His supreme, yet loving power that moves His heart to act.
And this is not just simply my opinion; it is my experience.
I don’t pray to an imaginary or made up god. I pray to God Almighty, the maker of heaven and earth, and He answers. I wish you could truly understand the depth of torment I have experienced. Then you would know how miraculous it is that I am not only alive, but walking a path to complete and total restoration!
I invite you to read more of my story here. My words are honest and I am telling you the truth that apart from God there would never have been true freedom for me.
Could I survive my experience without Him? Maybe. Could I thrive, and experience deep, lasting peace, joy and freedom without His divine love and healing?
But thank you for asking.
For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8b)