“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”– Romans 15:13
Hope. Such a precious commodity. Such a powerful resource. Such an incredibly necessary element of life.
When it comes to the issue of human trafficking, hope is often in short supply. When you glimpse such deep darkness, it can shake you to your core. But darkness never gets the last word. That is why Voices of Justice wants to consciously point readers to the Light. We want to point them to the very real expectation that, in partnership with God and each other, we will make a difference. We highlight what people can do, not what they can’t do. While we won’t shy away from giving readers a true picture of the horrors of modern-day slavery, we never want to leave anyone there. We always want to point them to action, advocacy…and hope.
Due to this focus, we are often asked if we are a “Christian publication.” The answer is yes…and no. The yes comes from the fact that our core team and most of our regular contributors are unashamed and devoted followers of Jesus. The yes is also due to the fact that we very much consider Voices of Justice a ministry birthed out of God’s own desire for restorative justice. No heart breaks more over the pain and trauma of those trapped in the nightmare of human trafficking than the heart of God. “It was for freedom He set us free” and we believe freedom is God’s desire and destiny for every man, woman, and child on the planet. He is our Source. He is our motivation. And most of all, He is our hope. Our faith and eternal hope in Jesus will always be at the very center of all we do.
However, having said that, the no comes from the fact that we welcome contributions from any organization or individual regardless of their faith affiliation, or lack of faith affiliation. If they are in alignment with our purpose and with our submission guidelines, we welcome contributions from all who sincerely desire to use their voice in the fight against human trafficking. While we will never ask any of our writers or contributors to “tone down” a Christian perspective in their articles, we also do not require an overtly Christian perspective for an article to be accepted for publication.
What we do require is the core belief that together we can make a difference, and a willingness to unite our voices to bring light and hope into the deepest places of darkness.
Because every voice matters.
Senior Editor, Voices of Justice