Don’t Trade Lives


Tom and I have just returned from a very challenging breakfast talk by David Batsone who is in Australia to promote his book Not For Sale. Seems strange that we travel half way around the world to be challenged by someone who lives in San Francisco. His book is about modern day slavery and the need for us to as Christians to redeem the lives of people who have been sold in this way. I think what shook me the most was his stories of church pastors in the US and elsewhere who buy slaves to work for them.

Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision Australia began the morning by showing a very compelling video shot on a recent trip to Africa called the Gate of No Return. World Vision Australia is very active in advocacy against slavery. Their current focus is the production of cocoa which is mainly produced by kids in slavery.

I was particularly challenged by the call for us to be redemption people – not just bringing the message of Christ to a small spiritual compartment of life but truly reaching out to bring redemption to those that are bound physically or spiritually.

One Response

  1. Wow. Pastors in the US? How is that even possible? Don’t get me wrong; I’m not doubting you – I’m just appalled. The excellent book Colossians Remixed by Brian Walsh and Sylvia Keesmaat address issues such as this really powerfully. The question is obvious – so what do we do about it? I think that’s what Christians in the States (actually, I’m in Bolivia, but usually in the States) can do. Did David Batsone have any thoughts on our praxis? Like, can we find out whose cocoa not to buy (for example)? Thanks for posting.

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