How will future generations talk about today’s world? What will we be remembered by? Perhaps at the top of the list will be the fact we could sleep soundly at night while millions were enslaved worldwide… largely because of our own greed! Maybe we’ve forgotten that we’re made in the image of a God who calls us to “let justice roll down like a river” (Amos 5:24), to “do justice and love kindness” (Micah 6:8), to “defend the rights of the afflicted and needy” (Proverbs 31:8).
While much could be said about modern-day slavery, forced-labour and human-trafficking, this issue focuses narrowly on the role we play in this global problem. We’re digging down, seeking to uncover the truth beneath the barcode, looking at where the things we buy actually come from and how our shopping often contributes to the suffering of many worldwide.
Slavery is a complex beast and we’ll only scratch the topic’s surface, but we want to make one thing abundantly clear: we all have the choice to either contribute or to challenge it. Sometimes living missionally involves changing simple aspects of our lives, such as how we shop.
Issue 26 of Intermission was released earlier this month. Over the coming weeks the articles will be posted to nzcms.org.nz/intermission. Occasionally we will highlight an article by including it in our weekly Interchange newsletter.
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