I have exactly 10 minutes to write this out. A time not nearly enough to do me or you whoever might be reading it justice but I can’t seem to contain the frustration I feel towards it.
The frustration comes NOT from the effort itself. The folks and organization behind the movement is smart, savvy and like any other agent with a betterment of human rights agenda, incredibly resilient. I have tremendous amount of respect for them or any other non-profit, activities worldwide and also for the genuine hearts of people who want to learn more.
The frustration is with our generation, more specifically young evangelicals or Christians. I have been told that paying too much attention to the media or public affairs can be a distraction to one’s spiritual walk. That we should not meddle ourselves with public policies and take side one way or another.
But here is a practice for you to connect the dots. You know which group is most vulnerable to modern day slavery, at least in the United States? It’s the people who enter this country “illegally,” whether they have ended up here by one’s free will or not — more so than the people who were trafficked. People without proper documentation has no legal grounds, therefore, power to demand rightful compensation or safe environment to work. To truly oversimplify, unless we have a comprehensive immigration overhaul or for a starter, raise the minimum wage to ensure people who work full-time don’t live in poverty which also makes them, in turn, a target for slavery, we are not going to make a dent on modern day slavery.
So I see a lot of folks on social media who are either completely, and quite comfortably, apathetic about public polices or Christians who are so bent on “conservative” ways to be the God’s way having “X” drawn on their hands, and quite honestly it makes my stomach turn.
Pain and evil do not exist in a vacuum. It’s not the case that an erratic breed of evil people are out on the corners enslaving people and you have no influence over their actions. It’s quite the opposite. Your decision to not care, your decision not to read the news and have no clue about what your state policies are, your decision to not volunteer locally, your decision to go on a costly conference rather than to show up and vote on election days are enabling modern day slavery.
But of course, I could never come up with a clever hashtag or a symbolic picture to capture all this.