You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem into slavery to the Greeks in faraway places. But I'm going to reverse your crime. I'm going to free those slaves. Joel 3:6 (MSG)
Slavery often feels like a distant concept. I hear the word "slavery" and I think of a shameful piece of our nations history. I'd prefer not to think about it too much. We've moved on. Slavery is something that happened long ago in a place far, far away. It's not relevant. At least, that's what I'd like to believe.
Both of my daughters, who have worked to address the problem of human trafficking in today's world, would remind me that slavery is happening all around me. Even here in the "freedom" of the United States. God, help us. Forgive my ignorance and my blindness.
I then think about my own life. I think about my own selfishness. I'm reminded of my own slavery to self and to the things of this world. "Wretched man that I am! Who will free me from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!" (Romans 7:24-25a)
God's promise of freedom from slavery and Jesus' work of emancipation, is more important, more relevant, than I've dared to believe.