Monday, 20 August 2007

God Speaks To Me In The Movies (Part 2 - Amazing Grace)

Amazing Grace is an outstanding movie! It really helps you to understand (in a really small way) what it was like for slaves back in the day. I'm so glad that slavery was abolished some 200 years ago. It helps me to feel civilized... a human being.

But wait a minute... although slavery has been abolished in almost every country... it has been estimated that there are some 27 million slaves today (some would say as many as 200 million)! Each year over 900 000 are trafficked across borders!
Some are used as slave labor, some are used for sex. All of it is despicable. Atrocious! A travesty.
In the 1850's in America, a slave could be purchased for a sum of US$1000 dollars (thats US$38 000 in todays equivalent) but today you can by a slave in Mali for as little as US$40 in Mali and an HIV free girl in Thailand for US$1000! Thats a dramatic 1/38th of the price of some 150 years ago!!!

Slavery is alive and well... the question is... what will be our response?
We can throw up our hands and simply give the excuse, "Well what could I possibly do about it?"
As the well known saying goes:
All it takes for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothing.

The truth is that by doing nothing... we are actually agreeing with this practice!
Do you agree with this practice?

Rob Harley, a well known TV presenter in NZ, said this interesting quote at Eastside church on Sunday morning: "People who make a difference are the one's who vote with their lives."
William Wilberforce's life work is shown as a great struggle in the movie. He poured out his life as a drink offering as Paul would say in Phil 2:17.

Will you choose to make a difference?

Here is a site to get you started:

I look forward to your comments : )

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