Slavery is theft — theft of a life, theft of work, theft of any property or produce, theft even of the children a slave might have borne.
KEVIN BALES, Understanding Global Slavery
The first time I saw this picture, I had to look at it very closely to determine what it was. When I realized that it was human beings stacked on top of each other on a boat on their way to slavery, it made me sick. I don’t understand why anyone would think that it is okay to buy and sell human beings. The evil of that is horrifying to me. I believe it is the evil of greed and power.
The roots of slavery can be traced back to England, Spain and the West Indies in the 17th century. People were given a “license” to steal these people from their homes for sale to the highest bidder. Slavery affects me much like the Holocaust does. There really aren’t words to describe that kind of evil.
We had a lot of great minds writing the framework of our constitution and I am disappointed that they were unable to eliminate slavery here before it became so widespread. Politics should never enter into what we know is the right thing to do. Allowing evil to exist is just as bad as taking a whip to the back of a slave, as is depicted in the picture above. Greed and power have brought many injustices to the world in the form of Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Idi Amin and Saddam Hussein, just to point out a few.
Greed allowed millions of African-Americans and Jews to be treated like they were human flotsom to be used and destroyed at will. No one has that right. There are still parts of this great country of ours that endorse hatred because of a person’s color or nationality. What happened to African-Americans and Jews should outrage all of us. So, how did this happen to our world? Did people just look away when they saw what was happening? Why didn’t they recognize that these people were evil? I believe we look away because we don’t want to believe that we, too, could allow evil to take root in our lives. We want to believe that evil is segragated to evil people. We don’t want to believe that we work or live side-by-side with people who harbor evil in their minds and hearts – people who would fly an airplane into a building and kill innocent people. But the reality is that we do. So, the only real question is this: Who is the face of humanity? It is us. We are the ones. It isn’t up to our neighbor or our boss or anyone else in the world. IT IS UP TO US! We can find our instructions on handling evil in Romans 12:21: Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good. The worst message of Evil is to convince us that we can’t make a difference. That is the lie. The reality is that God brings people into our paths every single day that need something – a meal, a pat on the back or a kind word. We can’t afford to miss these opportunities to do good because we are too busy or believe the lie that we can’t make a difference. How do you start? You become willing to let God show you when these chances cross your path. There are some really great websites to encourage you, such as Project Goodness and www.freerice.com. The Free Rice Website lets you play a game. For every answer you get correct, they donate 10 grains of rice. Yesterday, they donated 7, 521,920 grains of rice and to date since their inception in 2007, they have donated 91 billion grains of rice! Please join me today in finding some good to do for humanity and share your journey with us.