Sunday, March 25, 2012
Slavery by any other name…
Slavery. The word brings to mind many images, doesn’t it? Everything from historical names and places, to movies, actors and actresses… Raised whips to raised fists…
There is a focus though. Most people think of slavery only in the terms of the American Civil War. Slavery had and has a much larger history.
Originally thought of as a more ‘humane’ way to deal with captives, slavery had almost disappeared by the 1300’s. It was revived in the 1500’s by the Portuguese explorers in Africa who started the slave trade that eventually spread to America.
In 1792 Denmark was the first country to stop the slave trade, but the Quakers in England had begun the fight to stop slavery in 1671. American Quakers joined the fight in 1696. In 1833 slavery was banned in all British colonies.
Then came the Civil War and slavery was over. Right? No.
Look at Nazi Germany, and you will see captives enslaved.
Look a little closer to now – March 21, 2012 – Estonia became the last EU country to ban ‘human trafficking’ according to FOX News.
You see, slavery has a new name: human trafficking.
It is still the same ugly thing and it has more victims than ever. Depressing? Yes. But until we are informed about a situation, we are unable to move forward to make a difference. Check out the Federal Bureau of Investigation website.
And then pray about what you will do. Something as simple as telling someone that there is hope, and where to get help, could make a huge difference in the life of that person.
And Jesus looking upon them saith, “For men it is impossible,
but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”