Prayer

Day 2: Resisting Modern Salvery

19/01/2018 12:00 pm

Starting Point
Human trafficking is modern day slavery. How should this be challenged and ended? In the parable of the Good Samaritan and in Paul’s response to the slave Onesimus we see how transgressing social norms affirms the image of God in every individual, and thereby challenges those things that exclude people or hold them in chains. A united Christian voice is essential and unless Christians act together, modern day slavery will be too strong to resist.

Reading

Genesis 1.26-28 God created humankind in God’s own image
Psalm 10.1-10 Why, O Lord, do you stand far off?
Philemon No longer as a slave but more than a slave, a beloved brother
Luke 10.25-37 The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Prayer

Just and righteous God
You called your people out of slavery
And onwards to the new humanity
Where all are one in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Enfold with your love those trafficked as slaves today.
Empower your Church
To denounce and work to end that evil trade
Living out the love and compassion of Christ
As we tend its victims.
Amen.

Reflection

Not a daughter, but a dollar
not a sister, but profit gained
not a brother, but cheap labour
not a family fleeing terror
but a fortune to be made.

Captured by a web of lies
Snared by fear and manipulation
Seized by deceitful hands
Bound by broken promises
All dignity denied

Heart hard
a commodity to exploit
Heart sore
a beloved child of God
Heart held
in hope of liberation.

Questions

  1. What do the words ‘human trafficking’ and ‘slavery’ evoke for you?
  2. To what extent do you think Paul challenges slavery in the letter to Philemon?
  3. How does a united Christian response make a difference in challenging injustices, such as human trafficking?

Related

Santa Marta Group
Church and Law Enforcement Combatting Modern Slavery