Atlanta-based Pastor Louie Giglio, known for his highly popular student-oriented Passion conferences, recently sat down with CNN's Michael Holmes to discuss the conference's mission to end the slavery suffered by 27 million men, women, and children around the world.
Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church in Roswell, Ga., began the interview by describing the importance behind his Passion 2013 conference, which occurred at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta last week, boasting an attendance of 60,000 young Christians seeking to bring awareness to and effectively end modern-day slavery.
ATLANTA – Gary Haugen, president and CEO of International Justice Mission (IJM), told the 60,000+ Passion 2013 participants that 27 million people in slavery today is a massive problem of injustice in our world and that they must make this cause a priority, in what was both a plea for awareness and a challenge to take action Wednesday afternoon.
"As your brother in Christ I simply want to tell you that slavery is real, it's massive, it's brutal, and it's also in our own backyard," he said. "But you can be the generation that ends slavery in the world."
IJM is an international human rights agency that rescues victims of violence, sexual exploitation, slavery and oppression worldwide, and in recent years the Passion movement has partnered extensively with their global initiatives raising significant finances in the fight to free those enslaved today. more >>
With so much of the three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate consumed by the economy, jobs, national debt, health care, terrorism, and Iran, little time was left to discuss other important topics. Here are four that they missed.
Climate Change, Pollution and the Environment
There were no questions about the environment and related issues, such as climate change, or global warming, and pollution. Obama was the only candidate to mention it, and it was a quick reference. In the middle of talking about natural gas exploration in the second presidential debate, he said, "and we can do it in an environmentally sound way." more >>
Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) criticized President Barack Obama's executive order on government contractors using forced labor, in a Wednesday interview with The Christian Post. The executive order will not close the loophole in the law that enables government contractors to use forced labor. Obama should work through the legislative process and support his bill, the End Trafficking in Government Contracting Act of 2012, which would close the loophole, Lankford argued.
"It makes for a great speech, it makes for great politics, and you can put it up right before the election and say, 'look I'm standing up for the oppressed,' when in reality what we need is for his legislative office to engage with the Senate and help us get it passed, so we can actually fix the process," Lankford said.
"This president just skips the legislative process, issues an executive order and thinks it's done. It's not done at that point. It might have been shorter for you, but that's not leadership, that's shortcuts. We don't need shortcuts at this point, we need solutions." more >>
President Barack Obama issued an executive order Tuesday aimed at strengthening his administration's efforts to combat human trafficking. Later that day, he announced the effort in a speech at the annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York. He praised the work of Christian groups, noting that they are "answering the Bible's call."
Referring to it as "modern slavery," Obama spoke about "the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking."
"Now, I do not use that word, 'slavery' lightly," Obama continued. "It evokes obviously one of the most painful chapters in our nation's history. But around the world, there's no denying the awful reality." more >>
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has honored Gary Haugen of the faith-based International Justice Mission for his successful efforts in combating modern-day slavery. Haugen, president and founder of IJM, recently spoke with The Christian Post about the success of his organization – much of which he believes is grounded in the Christian faith.
"I think for IJM our faith has just been very helpful in providing the internal strength to actually be able to do this work," said Haugen, who was honored as a TIP Report Hero by Clinton last Tuesday.
Haugen, along with a group of Christian lawyers, founded the IJM in 1997 with the goal of manifesting Christ's passion for justice through providing assistance to impoverished victims of human trafficking, oppression, and abuse. more >>