Thursday, May 29, 2008

Proclaim release of the Captives

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27 million people are enslaved in our world today.

Because slavery is no longer legal anywhere in the world slave holders are crueler than ever in the methods they use to control the people they keep in bondage. In the book Disposable People:New slavery in our Global Economy, Kevin Bales breaks down the comparison between old slavery and new slavery. If slavery its self wasn't bad enough, the new slavery is worse. 

Most people have no idea that is happening, or that we can do about it.

Everytime I think about this problem my mind goes to this passage:

Luke 4:17-20
And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was writen,
"The spirit o the Lord is upon me,
Because the Lord anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor.
The Lord has sent me to proclaim release to the captives,
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to set free those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord." 
And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all the synagogue were fixed on Him.
And He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture has been fullfilled in your hearing."

This is one of the first things Jesus said publicly according to Luke. He came to proclaim the release of the captives... to set free those who are oppressed. We are his followers; we are called to do the same.

This summer I will be spending time trying to figure out more about what I can do here in San Francisco. You should find out what you can do where you are. Check out the website, get hold of some books, do whatever you can. I am commiting to only eat fair trade chocolate and drink only fair trade coffee. (these are my two favorite foods in the world, but children should not be enslaved in Africa so that I can eat cheap chocolate).

27 million people. many of them children. we have to do something.

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