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    Posted January 8, 2013 by
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    They Don't Really Exist.

    What do you get when you gather 60,000 college aged students, from over 2,000 universities, for four days, to lift up the name of Jesus Christ? You get a generation that society says doesn’t exist, but the world can no longer ignore.

    Amidst the normal stories concerning college students about binge drinking, hook ups, and Adderall abuse there has been a quiet subculture growing, the Christian college student. According to trends the next generation of Christians is stronger than ever, while their numbers are down as compared to previous generations their unity, passion, and focus is unbridled. January 1-4th in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta the Passion movement gathered these students and unleashed something powerful and the world is taking notice.

    The concert like atmosphere featured amazing music from numerous artists like Chris Tomlin, Kari Jobe, David Crowder, and Lecrae. Students heard from well-known Christian authors and pastors like Louis Giglio the founder of the Passion movement, Francis Chan, Beth Moore, Judah Smith, and John Piper. Still, that was not enough to launch this generation into action. Instead it was the story of a young female from the Philippines, who at the age of 12 found herself in the darkest Hell anyone on earth could know, that as a victim of sex trafficking. Tricked, sold, beaten, broken, used, violated, controlled she was apart of a multi billion-dollar industry created to supply the lust of men with the stolen lives of women. It was her singular voice as a survivor of the depths of hell in the sex trade that got 60,000 college Christian students attention.

    27 million. That is how many men, women, and children are estimated to be in slavery today whether through the sex trade or forced labor. But where are they? We don’t see them, we don’t hear about them, so do they really exist? From one subculture that doesn’t exist to a percentage of the population that doesn’t either a voice is beginning to shout enough is enough. While 27 million is an overwhelming number, this generation isn’t interested in the numbers, they never have been. They are interested in Jesus, who left the flock to pursue the one lost sheep who hates injustice but loves mercy. Because of this, they are not focusing on the overwhelming number but on the individual.

    This is a generation whose solidarity comes from within, one that you’d be hard pressed to stereotype by any label other than Jesus. They have pasts, tattoos, dreads, they are hipsters, they are Greek, they are athletes, they like rap, country, and techno but still they find unity under the banner of Jesus Christ and His command to “…do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly…” This subculture that “doesn’t exist” has found a group of people the world forgot. They’ve decided to break their silence and raise their voice for the voiceless and end modern day slavery. They are not standing aside idly they are getting involved. So this is a warning, to just be prepared, be vigilant, and be eagerly waiting for what the Christian 18-25 year olds do when empowered to end modern day slavery and join in when they begin to move.

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