“All of us wonder how we would have acted in the epic struggles of human history. Would we have stood up and been counted among the courageous and just? Now we don’t have to wonder. It is our time. Over 30 million worldwide live in slavery.” – David Batstone, President Not for Sale
As a child I remember hearing the stories of Indians being massacred by settlers who took their land. I remember hearing about how slave owners abused, mistreated and kept people in slavery. I remember walking the grounds of Dachau and hearing the stories of the holocaust. Every single time I would think, ‘if I were alive then, I would have stood on the side of justice and change.’ And, then I would think about my family, my friends, my neighbors and I would wonder to myself, ‘what would they have done?’
But, as I read the quote above I realize I do not have to live in the ‘I would have’, but I can be part of change today in the here and now, because slavery is still strong, genocide is still rampant, and throughout the world the mistreatment of people groups is ongoing. I’m sure there were many who lived through the previous seasons of our history who had to live with, ‘I should have.’ I do not want to be one of those regretful people.
“There are more than 30 million slaves in the world today, more than at any other point in human history.” – Not for Sale Campaign
This is our season, this is our time, this is our chance to stand on the side of justice and change…..Will you join the movement, or will you look back twenty years from now and say, I should have…..?? Educate yourself, become aware, but more importantly begin to ACT!
Groups Standing for Change:
Love 146, http://www.love146.org
Not for Sale, http://www.notforsalecampaign.org
Polaris Project, http://www.polarisproject.org
Exodus Cry, http://exoduscry.com/
Freedom Place, http://www.freedomplaceus.org/
***Statistics on Modern Day Slavery: https://secure.notforsalecampaign.org/about/slavery/