It’s not what you think.
It’s much worse.
The “s” word you’re thinking of pales in comparison to the “s” word I have on my mind.
The “s” word on my mind….is deplorable…appalling….despicable
Especially in 2014.
Yet….there are more than at any other time in history.
Why should there be even one?
What am I talking about?
Human trafficking is modern day slave trade.
There are lots of words that people use to make it sound more palatable.
But that doesn’t change the reality.
And one more thing.
It isn’t over there.
It’s here too.
There are slaves in North America…maybe even your hometown.
There are 21-30 million people in slavery today. They are forced to work without pay, under threat of violence, and they’re unable to walk away. You can find them in brothels, factories, mines, farm fields, restaurants, construction sites and private homes.
Does it make you sick?
Today is Freedom Sunday.
It’s a day where people all over the world are shining a light on those living in the darkness of modern day slavery.
Will you do something for me?
Will you please watch this video? Please?
Educate yourself on human trafficking. Visit Free The Slaves. Their website is extensive. Please spend some time there.
Will you do something?
Will you be creative and save money to give to free slaves?
Will you care for a child so that child doesn’t end up in servitude?
Lots of people are giving things up.
Would you consider giving up coffee?
There’s something interesting about lent and the practice of giving something up.
It helps us have a physical response to what Jesus did for us.
If whatever we give up is something that we crave or eat or drink every single day without thinking, it requires thinking to keep it off our lips.
What if there was a greater purpose to what you give up?
Abstaining from coffee, chocolate, or sugar is one way to know that you are not supporting an industry where slaves are an integral part of doing business. This industry depends heavily on child slaves. Does that not give your favorite vices a bad taste?
How about taking the money that you would have spent on coffee, chocolate, or sugar and give it to free slaves?
If you stop by the coffee shop most days…that will add up to a slightly larger amount.
What if you invited your friends to join you in this.
You can do it for lent….or forever.
If your purchases of coffee, chocolate, or sugar are organic or fair trade or direct trade, you are probably not supporting modern day slaves with those purchases. (Keep in mind that this is a far reaching epidemic. Industries include cocoa, coffee, and clothing to computers, cars, and cell phones are supported in part by slave labor.)
But, if you need a tangible reminder of this modern day atrocity, to feel it and care more, join in abstaining and giving also.
Who’s going to talk about it with friends?
Who’s going to make a difference?
I know it’s the second post for the day.
And it is not the usual fare.
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