Slavery That is Real Today

Slavery was abolished in the nineteenth century here in the USA. The ripple effect from open crime of slavery that existed has never stopped “rippling.” There is an effect from every cause, a reaping of the seed that is sown, and this nation, though many feel that the loss of 600,000 plus individuals in the civil war paid the price for the sin, some still remained enslaved by bitterness and resentments from that dark time in history. They cannot be free from the anguish suffered by their ancestors at the hands of slave owners and slave traders, to which some would say, “why not forgive and forget?” We cannot identify, having never experienced the horrors of being ripped out of your home, and placed among strangers that regard you as one of their farm animals. This is hard to forget, harder to forgive, but with God all things are possible.
There is a slavery that disregards race, gender, heritage, or privilege. This slavery is not physical slavery, chains placed on our hands and feet. This slavery effects senators, representatives, CEO’s, homeless, middle-class, the poor and the rich. This slavery is voluntary, and driven by desire for more, from trying to “keep up with the Jones’s” so to speak. This slavery is indebtedness. Statistics show that 45% of Americans are literally bankrupt, and could not survive financially for two weeks without a paycheck. 72% of Americans could not go 90 days without pay. We are driven by the temptations of “Madison avenue” ads and the “latest” in fashion. The whole of society makes this point clear, if you want to be accepted, you must have the latest. The anguish felt by families and individuals from the weight of debt, may never compare to the physical slavery suffered in the past, nonetheless it is real, and drives people to do crimes, and in some extremes…end their lives.
“The rich rules over the poor; and the borrower is a servant to the lender.” Prov.22:7
The message is, and has been over the past few years is, get out of debt! that is easier said than done, but with God all things are possible. Our only hope is His help, but He will only help the one who is willing to change, it seems. It is prayer, rejecting what the gang says is “in,” and the willingness to do whatever it takes to be free of this new slavery. The desire to no longer have to have the best, or as much as my neighbor, the determination to say no to our personal wants are the steps to freedom out of the deep mire of heavy debt.
 There is something terribly wrong when a couple making well above a six-figure income combined is being choked to death from indebtedness. And to think that you cannot give to important charities, and worthwhile projects, though you make good money is sad. It is for us all to make the decision to say no, to skip over the so-called “great deals” that can start the steps to freedom from this slavery. It comes down to being a good steward over the things God has given us. It all belongs to Him ultimately, He lets us have the opportunity to have even more when we show ourselves faithful over what we have now. Ask His help now, and be determined to be emancipated from this slavery once and for all. And one last thing. Pray for those enslaved physically in the world today. There are reportedly 27 million slaves in this world, more slaves than anytime in history. We don’t see that because we aren’t looking or are too worried about our personal problems, like heavy debt. And even though slavery was abolished in this country over a hundred years ago, the wounds still need to be healed. God can heal us.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all!

Slavery Today

I recently heard that there are 27 million people enslaved today thoughout the world. I would have never believed that. In this modern world, how could slavery even exist? It does however. There are more slaves today than there were at any time in history, and there is more need for advocacy groups that press for the freedom of those enslaved. But those countries that allow slavery refuse groups like Amnesty International access to their nation, because of their sovereignty may be challenged. So we must continue to pray God’s help to free people, enslaved by others.
I have news for you, there are more than 27 million slaves in the world today. That number is dwarfed by the number of people who are really enslaved, the people who have placed themselves in personal slavery, by the use of drugs and alcohol. They are taken away from a life of freedom to choose anything other than the choosing how they will feed their addiction one more time. There are other addictions, other forms of slavery as well. People are slaves to food, to debt, to their jobs, to their possessions, to their past, to their religion, to negative thinking, to appearance, and even their children. Yet one points the finger at the other in a condescending way and say, “why don’t you just quit doing that?” Right… go immediately to the mirror and look at yourself. Can you change your appearance? The alcoholic cannot free himself from the slavery of alcoholism by seeing himself as an alcoholic. He must see himself as a powerless alcoholic to be free of his enslavement to alcohol. So it is with drugs, and any addiction. Here is a thought from one of the greatest thinkers of all time:
“Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves toobey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or obedience leading to righteousness?” Rom.6:16  (NKJV)
Whatever you give yourself to…you belong to that. It is only when we realize our slavery, and admit our powerlessness to be free, before we can be truly free. We die to live. Die to the thought of our control over our addiction, or slavery to it continues. If you think you aren’t a slave, change. See if you can stop feeding yourself heroin if you use daily. Try to stop wearing yourself out pleasing everyone if you constantly seek approval from others. Try to stop talking about others, setting glued to your TV, playing video games, or trying to control your children’s lives. You can’t, you won’t, you are a slave.
There is a freedom offered to you. A new freedom found only in Christ. By accepting your addicted enslavement, asking for Him to come in to your heart….yes, by becoming His slave, only then will you receive this new freedom. When He enters the scene, the light comes on, you see your slavery…and He removes the chains. You will always fight for your freedom, even with Him as your Master, because you are human, humans do get enwrapped in themselves. But He will free you with each challenge as you mature in your walk through life. You will be called a hypocrite, a Bible thumper, and even be disliked by others, but you will be free, and with each challenge, know to go to the Source to remain free. And one more thing. Get into a recovery group if you are on dope, or alcohol. God uses people to help people. No matter your addiction, seek the help from others. Get a person you feel has this relationship to Jesus, let them guide you along, out of slavery, into new freedom. God designed it that way, so we can humble ourselves to get help, and the helper can serve. Are you enslaved by anything?
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.