Band of Sisters–Solutions?
Band of Sisters was born of a desire to end modern-day slavery and most of all to ask: What can I do to help in a need so desperate?
Despite all my research, I couldn’t answer that question. Inspiration finally came by confronting the question Charles Sheldon posed in his popular novel nearly a century ago, In His Steps —“What would Jesus do?”
So, I asked: What would Jesus do about human trafficking? What did He do while here on earth that would help me understand how to respond to this desperate need today?
If we all truly do what Jesus did—slavery will end. By better understanding, through the Gospels, both what He did and did not do, we can form a plan of action:
*Jesus never exploited men or women—He uplifted them and showed them a path of hope, a new way of thinking and living.
*He never used children, or child labor for ease or gain—He blessed little ones, encouraged them to come to Him, demonstrating their great worth, their intrinsic value.
*He never bought or sold babies to fulfill the bride “needs” of a one-child culture. He spoke to and encouraged women in a society that considered such respect radical.
*He never bought or sold human organs, or fetuses, or body parts.
*He never lied to immigrants
*He never enslaved them
*He never threatened their families or loved ones or lives if they did not comply with His demands
*He never coerced or forced them
*He never shamed or punished a single person into submission to His will.
***But in every way Jesus set a moral compass, employed Divine compassion to the broken-hearted and broken bodied, and held to account those who victimized others.
Next week we’ll explore practical action—the possibilities open to us in combating human trafficking by following in His steps.
Autumn begins tomorrow. Already the mornings are cooler, the air clear and crisp. Let’s stroll by the Laurel Run, a steaming cup of Lady Grey in hand, and talk. Will you join me?
I look forward to seeing you here, in the garden, next week.
God’s rich blessings for you,