This is written by a a woman who works with a YWAM base down in Australia, leading The School of Communication and Advocacy for Human Trafficking. I think this is pretty awesome, and I can’t wait to hear what her team learns, is changed by, and accomplishes while there!
There was a point in time, when I had not heard of the word “recycle.” My footprint was small and had toes, not carbon, as its main defining feature. In my 10 year old mind, “caring for the environment” was a phrase that was a bit unfamiliar, even though it was practiced by my family.
30 years on, and I know the green catch-words and phrases, and environmentally friendly ways to care for the planet. Companies no
w have policy built around this very issue. In one or two generations, our world has gone from relative naivety to a much more informed view of what it might mean to care for this world we live in.
In the same way, we seem to be at the start of a new movement related to our knowledge and understanding of another social issue – that of human trafficking. The issue features in many TV series, with a strong, smart and savvy person coming to the rescue of people who have been forced to work against their will for another. Movies as well, have this as an important side line or ethical point in their plot.
Likewise, the number of the general population that are informed (to any degree) about modern day slavery is increasing. So are the number of both large and small organizations, ministries and governmental bodies fulfilling a variety of roles in the prevention, release and care of those abused. We also see public petitions and outcry related to product sourcing, holding companies responsible for the production of their products in a just and ethical way.
And so we should.
In all we understand of the God’s plan in the Bible and through history, we see that He chooses in His great humility to work through men and women like you and I to show His glory and character. Showing justice to the oppressed, and preventing evil, like modern slavery, is just one way we make Him known on earth. We are His image bearers – or as Paul puts it so well in 2 Corinthians 4 – simply containers of His glory.
“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” (2 Cor. 4:7)
From one clay jar – to many others perhaps – let us show forth that great treasure.