He Will Faithfully Bring Forth Justice

As we wrap up the 2012 pureJUSTICE internship, check out last year’s Justice Week on the Covenant Eyes blog for more on this issue.

Raped on a Porn Set: Full Interview with Shelley Lubben
Sex Slaves Next Door: Former Victim Speaks Out
10 Ways to Oppose Sexual Exploitation

Click here to view the full Covenant Eyes’ Justice Week

Ministry Update: pureJUSTICE

Watch this brief video for an update from Noel Bouché on our pureJUSTICE ministry activities, including our internship, sermon series resources, and vision for mobilizing people to oppose sexual exploitation through the pursuit of purity and justice.

He Has Given Me New Eyes

by Maria Marballi

“A bruised reed He will not break, and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not be disheartened or crushed until He has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law.” Isaiah 42: 3-4

Merely a few months ago, this text would have been placed in the “very powerful, but very irrelevant” folder of my mental filing cabinet.  That’s great that God’s plan involves justice, but how many people are really relying on it to survive?

Approximately 27 million.

Fast-forward to the first week of the pureJUSTICE internship when I couldn’t get through the day without holding steadfast to the promises in Isaiah 42.  My sheltered mind knew little of the evils of modern-day slavery, and now my eyes and ears have been opened to more of the injustices that people experience in one day than I have yet in my almost twenty years of life.

I had become desensitized to the reality of such devastation that I couldn’t feel the power of God’s Word in passages such as these.  I couldn’t feel the anticipation, the confidence, or the conviction.  I didn’t feel the pressing need for justice to prevail from the hand of God.

Now, however, my heart rejoices over Scripture in new ways.  With a fresh lens I can delve into the Word and experience the insight that was intended to be experienced.  This internship is teaching me how to not only read Scripture, but how to feel the power and majesty of God’s sovereignty through the eyes of the oppressed.  After having statistics, documentaries, and testimonies impressed upon my mind, I can experience Scripture from a new vantage point.  I think often upon the plagued and beset; I imagine the trafficked prostitute hanging on every promise written by God: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29). Continue reading

Benediction: Jude 1

by Maria Marballi and Aszia Walker

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever.  Amen.”  Jude 1:24-25

Stumbling interferes with the sanctification of our hearts.

It is the darkness that causes us to fall, but Christ keeps us from such, and we cannot forget to whom we send our prayers; He will turn darkness to light, He will keep us from stumbling.

When our child’s Internet misuse appears a despairing cycle, we bow our heads in prayer; He is able.

When the eye lusts and addictions to impurity take hold of the mind and body, we bow our heads in prayer; He will keep us from stumbling.

When we feel like there is no escape from a sinful cycle, we bow our heads in prayer; He can make us stand.

Yet we are quick to become disheartened and overwhelmed with feelings of guilt and hopelessness when bombarded by the images and attitudes of our sexualized culture, and paralyzed by the unholy desire to fix our own problems…or worse, hide them in secrecy.

Surely the Word of God sings a new song.  If we take a moment to consider the power and majesty of the God we serve, we must also acknowledge His awe-inspiring ability and will to protect our hearts and minds from evil.  He can make us blameless.

He desires contrition and the renewal of our hearts in purity, and when we pray for Him to heal and protect, He responds with an overwhelming “Yes.”

Depression and discouragement can spin into an endless cycle of sin, but through the love and faithfulness of Christ Jesus, He fills us with the joy that is our strength.

Question: What verses sustain you during times of trial or temptation?  Click here to comment

Maria Marballi is a sophomore at The Ohio State University.  Aszia Walker is a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University and the Kanakuk Institute in Branson, MO.  They are both serving as 2012 pureJUSTICE interns.  

Join the Movement

There are many ways to get involved in the movement to oppose pornography, prostitution, and sex trafficking—but the first step is a matter of the heart.  Until we are walking in a lifestyle of prayer, understanding, and resolve, our engagement with the issues will necessarily be limited.  Once we are grounded in a pure and just lifestyle, however, a kind of flywheel effect can take root that continually increases our intimacy with God and the effectiveness of our engagement with the world.

Here are ten ways, compiled by our pureJUSTICE interns, that you can begin making a difference today: Continue reading

The pureJUSTICE Experience: One Intern’s Story

Former pureJUSTICE intern Emily Kraft shares how her experience changed her and equipped her to oppose commercial sexual exploitation.  Click here for information on how  you can apply for the 2012 pureJUSTICE internship.

“That summer turned out be the most intellectually challenging ten weeks of my life.”  Emily Kraft

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Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and at a press conference the President urged “all Americans to educate themselves about all forms of modern slavery and the signs and consequences of human trafficking.”  It is a great opportunity for everyone to set aside time to learn about this injustice and pray for the captives, as Scripture mandates (Isaiah 58:6).

We recommend starting with the Trafficking in Persons (“TIP”) Report, an annual overview of the issue and rating of governments’ responses published by the U.S. State Department.  The introduction provides an excellent description of the reality of human trafficking, and specifically sex trafficking.  As the TIP Report and recent news stories, such as this and this, demonstrate, sex trafficking occurs all around us, and in ways we might not think about.

Then, check out our overview of the issue in Exploited: Sex Trafficking, Porn Culture, and the Call to a Lifestyle of Justice, which connects the dots of trafficking and pornified culture, and the biblical directive to pray, understand, resolve, and engage.

Watch for other resources this month as we highlight what you can do to be a modern-day abolitionist and lead the life of purity and justice to which you were called.

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