all things christmas #3 – chains shall HE break

Chains shall he break for the slave is our brother. And in His name all oppression shall cease.

 

Some words from my favourite carol, O Holy Night.  It was such a joy to sing this song with some of the girls from my church a few nights ago. Such powerful words about our humble, victorious Saviour.

Throughout my time working with International Teams this year, I have heard many stories of hope for the oppressed. Stories of women in prostitution who have sought rescue, accepted Jesus and are eking out a new life free from oppression. But there are still so many more women, men and children suffering in slavery today. 27 million actually. And it’s not just sex slavery – there are children as young as six being paid a menial wage in bad conditions to make clothes…possibly even the ones you’re wearing or might buy at the sales.

Their Christmas Eve probably won’t feel like a holy night and their Christmas Day will probably be just like any other day. A day of work. A day without freedom.

A guy called Edmund Burke once said,

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

Our victorious God is breaking these chains and bringing hope, and He WILL ultimately break these chains when He returns, but I am constantly challenged as to – what am I doing to help now? How can I make their lives brighter?

What are you doing to help? Want to know more about modern-day slavery? Go to Stop the Traffik or the Anti-Slavery Project.

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