Last week I was watching Law and Order and saw an episode about kids being sold in the US in shipping containers for slavery. I think it was a rerun from a few years back, but it got me thinking: How big is slavery now? Are there slaves in the US?
The new movie out, Amazing Grace, isn’t showing in the Baraboo area. We don’t get “Christian” movies in theaters here. So I haven’t seen it, but I checked out a website dedicated to stopping slavery worldwide: www.theamazingchange.com. I encourage you to check it out.
There are more slaves now than the total number of slaves in the 400 years of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade the Civil War was fought over. That’s crazy.
And like the lack of Christian movies in Baraboo, there’s also a lack of exposure to slavery. Or maybe I’m just blinded to it. Whatever it is, I feel like we must do something to put an end to this sin problem.
I preached a sermon last Sunday about being made in the image of God and what that means for us. One of the things God says to Adam and Eve is, “Rule the earth.” The interesting thing about God’s statement here is it’s the only time man is told to rule the earth in the Bible. Never again is our rule over the earth mentioned (at least not explicitly). Instead, God has to tell His people over and over again to quit ruling ruthlessly (as in Ezekiel 34).
We’ve started ruling one another rather than the world God created for us. But if we’re to live as people representing God, created in His image, we’ve got to put an end to it.
I don’t know what that means. Check out the website and others like it. Let’s do something!