Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Just Do Something - Human Trafficking and Marriage

Often as Christ followers I think we get stuck. We look at the huge issues going on in the world today and wonder "what difference can I make". Sometimes when I feel like that I sense God saying to me "Just do something". You can't solve the problems of poverty in the UK, but you could buy an extra bag of rice this week and give it to the Foodbank. You can't solve all the issues in Africa, but you can give to Serenje and help make a difference in one small rural community.

Let me suggest two ways right now that you can just do something.

Firstly around the issue of human trafficking. It is estimated that around the world there are 27 million modern day slaves, many of whom have been trafficked from one country to another. It seems unbelievable that this is still going on over 175 years after slavery was outlawed in Britain, but it is happening even in our own nation. Organisations like Hope for Justice are doing amazing work to try to bring this to an end, but sometimes we wonder what we can do. Well Matt Redman has written and recorded a song called "27 Million" to highlight this issue. It's currently number 6 on the iTunes chart - if you want to help highlight the issue of modern day slavery then why not go to the iTunes store and buy it.

Secondly it seems in our nation that the whole concept of marriage is under attack, including the Biblical view of a marriage as being between a man and a woman. The Coalition for Marriage, who have been launched by amongst others the Evangelical Alliance, have set up an online petition to campaign for the keeping the existing view of what constitutes a marriage. I want to be really clear - this isn't about being against same-sex couples, who can get all the legal benefits of marriage through a civil partnership, but it is saying that there is something unique, and vital for society, about the Biblical understanding of marriage as a bed rock for the rest of society. If you want to do something about this, then go to the coalition website and sign the petition - its incredibly easy.

Just do something.

Simon.

 

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