Thursday, March 08, 2007


It has to be more than ironic the month that the movie "Amazing Grace" comes out to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in England, we read this from the wires;

"Women are being sold into prostitution in modern day "slave auctions" at Britain's airports, it emerged yesterday.
The illegal immigrants are sold to the highest bidder for up to £8,000 a time. They are then forced to work in brothels where they can earn up to £800 a day for their "owner".
The chilling reality of human trafficking was spelled out yesterday by senior police officers at Scotland Yard"

Although the stealing of people from their homelands in Africa has come to an end, we realize today that slavery is alive and well. While not legal in the sense it was when William Wilberforce spent his life fighting it, it is still a reality of the days in which we live. The sex trade is rampant with slavery. Can you imagine a girl being sold in the open at a coffee shop? The good news is that the creators of the movie "Amazing Grace" have not just made a movie, they have recognized our present day problem of slavery. They have begun a campaign called "Amazing Change" to deal with the issue. The website is

There you can see how to help and are able to read the horrific stories of those in our present day culture who are still held in slavery, like James;

"An abducted child kept as a slave in the Lord's Resistance Army, James was forced to brutally kill his own brother who had been abducted with him. He was rescued from captivity, but demonstrates the fragile psyche of a child victim forced to kill or be killed."

As we celebrate William Wilberforce and the 200th anniversary of his life's work and accomplishment, it would be foolish of us to believe his work is done. Maybe the greatest tribute to him would be to educate ourselves on modern day slavery and spend a life working to see it gone!

blog you later,
pastor tom