A little vintage DC talk for you. As seems to be the case with most of my posts i am writing this in the early hours of the morning sleep forever escaping me. It’s been a while since I wrote here. I’ve had a lot on my mind distracting me from writing or participating in any awareness/charity campaigns lately. The show Bones, the one about the forensic anthropologist that helps the FBI solve murders, had an episode that revolved around a trafficking ring this past week. I watched it tonight, there’s a scene where the open a trap door and there is a dozen or so women crammed in this basement where their trafficker was attempting to hide them. When the FBI throw open the door you see these scared dirty faces looking up. They even the details right, victims kept in slavery without physical chains but through psychological torture and fear for their families. Just a gentle reminder that the world needs people to care, needs people to make the time to care.
“We owe Christ to the world–to the least person and to the greatest person, to the richest person and to the poorest person, to the best person and to the worst person. We are in debt to the nations.” (Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream)
Read more: http://www.faithandentertainment.com/27-top-david-platt-quotes/#ixzz3ISnBRcwy
I find it hard to argue with David Platt. Radical is still the most life changing book I’ve read about Christianity. Everything he says is convincing and powerful. the call to a radical Christianity where we truly abandon ourselves for the cause and take the gospel to places where we would never go, where we would fear to go.
Christmas approaching makes me think of trafficking. Last year the only gifts I purchased were from a free trade website called ten thousand villages. As the shopping season waits to explode all that’s on my mind is the many things purchased everyday that come as a result of trafficked labor.
“We are settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves.” (Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream)
While there are still so many in bondage, we must remember to fight. Our lives are meant to be given up for the cause. In the early days of our faith executions were common, in some parts of this world that still happens. In some places in our modern world, Bibles are forbidden. If Christians in those troubled times and places can sacrifice and struggle for the faith, the very least we can do is not forget their sacrifices. We can remember the persecuted, the poor, the trafficked, the hopeless. We can remember that our fellow man suffers. And we can fight to break the chains.
“We are settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves.” -Radical