Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 2
Date:
19th January 2018
Description:
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
DAY 2 RESISTING MODERN SLAVERY
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.
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
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
What do the words ‘human trafficking’ and ‘slavery’ evoke for you?
To what extent do you think Paul challenges slavery in the letter to Philemon?
How does a united Christian response make a difference in challenging injustices,
such as human trafficking?
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.
GO AND DO
(see www.ctbi.org.uk/goanddo)
Reformed Churches in the Caribbean have joined with the Council for World
Mission and the Caribbean and North American Council for Mission to
educate Christian communities to end the scourge of human trafficking.
Visit Go and Do to read the story of Sanlaap, helping those who
have been trafficked.
Organise a meeting between the churches in your area and invite
a speaker from an anti-trafficking organisation to come along to
inform, educate and inspire you to take action together against
human trafficking. Visit Go and Do to find out more.

 

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