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I Am Not For Sale (Become an Abolitionist)

February 11, 2007

I Am Not For Sale

Many people do not realize that every day people are sold and traded on the human trafficking network. 80% of these are women and 50% are children. Most often it is for prostitution.

Just recently RELEVENT Magazine sent out an email that talked of some things we can do to stop this horrible trading of human beings for sex and money.

The following is from an article in that email by David Bastone who is the author of Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade—And How We Can Fight It. You can learn more about how you can get involved in stopping human trafficking by visiting NotForSaleCampaign.org.

I recommend one to take part of this and become an abolitionist.

First: Suppress the economic success of human trafficking in regional markets. Traffickers today enjoy the luxury of high business profit with a low risk of arrest. Once law enforcement starts closing down operations that use forced labor, however, that equation starts to shift. Even if the traffickers can relocate to a new city, the cost of doing so cuts into their profit margins.

Second: Change the common perception of the trafficking victim. In short, we cannot allow human trafficking to wallow in immigration politics. Many slaves are forcibly migrated across borders because it is easier to control them once they have lost their citizen rights. Hence, they are not illegal aliens or undocumented workers, and should not be treated as such by legal authorities.

Third: Invite activists to track the supply chain of every consumer product we buy to how it is produced. Armed with that data, we could shape a policy to hold companies accountable that use slave labor in any way to produce products that they offer to consumers in the United States and undercut the economics that make slavery so favorable.

Fourth: Identify and monitor trafficking activity. Imagine the impact if research centers would spring up all over the world to track their own region. And what better site for this kind of study than colleges and universities?

What do they need?

A new underground railroad is emerging that aims to put an end to human slavery once and for all. It desperately needs reinforcements, a new wave of abolitionists, to join in the struggle:

Lawyers are needed to protect the rights of victims and prosecute their predators.

Business entrepreneurs are needed to launch enterprises for freshly liberated slaves.

Students are needed to carry out research and influence policy.

Health care workers and mental health professionals are needed to pick up the pieces of broken lives.

Employers are needed to offer jobs.

Construction workers are needed to build shelters.

Owners of two blankets are needed to donate one.

On the list goes—mention a resource and the abolitionist movement needs it.

Get involved and truly save a life.
Blessings,
iggy

(Update: This is the story that I read a while back that broke my heart and made me want to do something about this travesty beware it is pretty raw.)


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I Am Not For Sale (Become an Abolitionist)

February 11, 2007

I Am Not For Sale

Many people do not realize that every day people are sold and traded on the human trafficking network. 80% of these are women and 50% are children. Most often it is for prostitution.

Just recently RELEVENT Magazine sent out an email that talked of some things we can do to stop this horrible trading of human beings for sex and money.

The following is from an article in that email by David Bastone who is the author of Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade—And How We Can Fight It. You can learn more about how you can get involved in stopping human trafficking by visiting NotForSaleCampaign.org.

I recommend one to take part of this and become an abolitionist.

First: Suppress the economic success of human trafficking in regional markets. Traffickers today enjoy the luxury of high business profit with a low risk of arrest. Once law enforcement starts closing down operations that use forced labor, however, that equation starts to shift. Even if the traffickers can relocate to a new city, the cost of doing so cuts into their profit margins.

Second: Change the common perception of the trafficking victim. In short, we cannot allow human trafficking to wallow in immigration politics. Many slaves are forcibly migrated across borders because it is easier to control them once they have lost their citizen rights. Hence, they are not illegal aliens or undocumented workers, and should not be treated as such by legal authorities.

Third: Invite activists to track the supply chain of every consumer product we buy to how it is produced. Armed with that data, we could shape a policy to hold companies accountable that use slave labor in any way to produce products that they offer to consumers in the United States and undercut the economics that make slavery so favorable.

Fourth: Identify and monitor trafficking activity. Imagine the impact if research centers would spring up all over the world to track their own region. And what better site for this kind of study than colleges and universities?

What do they need?

A new underground railroad is emerging that aims to put an end to human slavery once and for all. It desperately needs reinforcements, a new wave of abolitionists, to join in the struggle:

Lawyers are needed to protect the rights of victims and prosecute their predators.

Business entrepreneurs are needed to launch enterprises for freshly liberated slaves.

Students are needed to carry out research and influence policy.

Health care workers and mental health professionals are needed to pick up the pieces of broken lives.

Employers are needed to offer jobs.

Construction workers are needed to build shelters.

Owners of two blankets are needed to donate one.

On the list goes—mention a resource and the abolitionist movement needs it.

Get involved and truly save a life.
Blessings,
iggy

(Update: This is the story that I read a while back that broke my heart and made me want to do something about this travesty beware it is pretty raw.)


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2 Corinthians 6:11-18 What it means to be "Separate"

February 4, 2007

2 Corinthians 6:11-18

[11] Our mouth is open to you, Corinthians. Our heart is enlarged.
[12] You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections.
[13] Now in return, I speak as to my children, you also be open wide.
[14] Don’t be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
[15] What agreement has Christ with Belial? Or what portion has a believer with an unbeliever?
[16] What agreement has a temple of God with idols? For you are a temple of the living God. Even as God said, “I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
[17] Therefore, “‘Come out from among them, and be separate,’ says the Lord. ‘Touch no unclean thing. I will receive you.
[18] I will be to you a Father. You will be to me sons and daughters,’ says the Lord Almighty.”

It is truly sad when a person interprets this passage as not having unbelievers in their “church”. That is truly a perversion and a mis-justice to the text.

Recently I read one person do just that to say that “Emergents” are the equivalent to Belial. Funny thing is that I know of no one that fits his definition of what a Belial worshiper is, as the lord Belial was the god of lust and fornication… and mostly of pride and arrogance. It was taught that that is how Belial would seduce was through using man’s own arrogance and pride…. and exploiting these traits in a person. The irony is that a person who says an unbeliever should not be in “church” with a believer is in fact falling into the arrogance of Belial. And that is very sad.

So what is Paul stating here.

I see that for one thing it is that there where some who were turning the church of Corinth against Paul… and Paul desired to come to them, yet these people seemed bent on not letting him come.

Another sense is that there was Emperor worship and that in order to exchange in commerce, one must be in business with those in allegiance with the Emperor. This would be a very unequal relationship as a christian would be in a sense a lesser citizen in the emperor and would often be held in suspect. So often as in the case of Ephesus, one would have to take the mark of the Emperor (mark of the beast as referred to in the book of Revelation) to even buy or sell in the market place.

In Corinth there was also the common practice of inviting a person to the temple of so and so to partake in the eating of the sacrifice to that god… this was an issue in Corinth though Paul points out that there is no God other than God alone, to go to these places would cause one who is a lesser of faith to fall. Either fall back into the particular temple of worship or to just leave the fellowship of believers as a whole. At best they would be a believer who was committing a sin in their own mind or thinking that the other was sinning thus causing them to judge the other.

This explains why there are words like “share a portion with an unbeliever” as it would imply that there was a meal involved in this “union” of “yolked” individuals.

No where is this passage about separating from other believers in Christ, or that the unbeliever is not welcome in church.

It is about not getting trapped in this worlds system of belief and being double minded as one would straddle the idea that one can live in light and darkness and truth and a lie.

(This person who I referred to earlier is one that is spreading the lie that emergents do not believe in truth, he is just plain wrong, as the ones I know and myself do in fact believe in truth. Some as myself do not see that Truth to be truth needs a qualifier as “absolute” as that implies that some “truth” is not absolute, it cuts across the teaching of Scripture that “let your yes be yes and your no be no”. It also give without realizing it more power to the idea of relative truth as it in it’s very idea says, there is absolute truth and there is lesser non absolute truth… to me that would be a lie… yet I am faulted because I believe if something is not True it is a lie…)

If anything this passage is about being pure and not indulging in eating at the “temples” that are not of God, it is the calling that if one is a Christian to “come out from among THEM” not about kicking the unbeliever out of the churches…

How does this apply then to this day? We are to be careful who we join with. Meaning if there is any inkling to whether if one joins with a business or group, that if it is “questionable” it is better not to be a part of it. I have even attended some churches that are more a point of business contacts for the people that attend than a place of worship. It comes down to the matter of values… what is a value for the Kingdom over this world’s values.

Blessings,
iggy


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2 Corinthians 6:11-18 What it means to be "Separate"

February 4, 2007

2 Corinthians 6:11-18

[11] Our mouth is open to you, Corinthians. Our heart is enlarged.
[12] You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections.
[13] Now in return, I speak as to my children, you also be open wide.
[14] Don’t be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
[15] What agreement has Christ with Belial? Or what portion has a believer with an unbeliever?
[16] What agreement has a temple of God with idols? For you are a temple of the living God. Even as God said, “I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
[17] Therefore, “‘Come out from among them, and be separate,’ says the Lord. ‘Touch no unclean thing. I will receive you.
[18] I will be to you a Father. You will be to me sons and daughters,’ says the Lord Almighty.”

It is truly sad when a person interprets this passage as not having unbelievers in their “church”. That is truly a perversion and a mis-justice to the text.

Recently I read one person do just that to say that “Emergents” are the equivalent to Belial. Funny thing is that I know of no one that fits his definition of what a Belial worshiper is, as the lord Belial was the god of lust and fornication… and mostly of pride and arrogance. It was taught that that is how Belial would seduce was through using man’s own arrogance and pride…. and exploiting these traits in a person. The irony is that a person who says an unbeliever should not be in “church” with a believer is in fact falling into the arrogance of Belial. And that is very sad.

So what is Paul stating here.

I see that for one thing it is that there where some who were turning the church of Corinth against Paul… and Paul desired to come to them, yet these people seemed bent on not letting him come.

Another sense is that there was Emperor worship and that in order to exchange in commerce, one must be in business with those in allegiance with the Emperor. This would be a very unequal relationship as a christian would be in a sense a lesser citizen in the emperor and would often be held in suspect. So often as in the case of Ephesus, one would have to take the mark of the Emperor (mark of the beast as referred to in the book of Revelation) to even buy or sell in the market place.

In Corinth there was also the common practice of inviting a person to the temple of so and so to partake in the eating of the sacrifice to that god… this was an issue in Corinth though Paul points out that there is no God other than God alone, to go to these places would cause one who is a lesser of faith to fall. Either fall back into the particular temple of worship or to just leave the fellowship of believers as a whole. At best they would be a believer who was committing a sin in their own mind or thinking that the other was sinning thus causing them to judge the other.

This explains why there are words like “share a portion with an unbeliever” as it would imply that there was a meal involved in this “union” of “yolked” individuals.

No where is this passage about separating from other believers in Christ, or that the unbeliever is not welcome in church.

It is about not getting trapped in this worlds system of belief and being double minded as one would straddle the idea that one can live in light and darkness and truth and a lie.

(This person who I referred to earlier is one that is spreading the lie that emergents do not believe in truth, he is just plain wrong, as the ones I know and myself do in fact believe in truth. Some as myself do not see that Truth to be truth needs a qualifier as “absolute” as that implies that some “truth” is not absolute, it cuts across the teaching of Scripture that “let your yes be yes and your no be no”. It also give without realizing it more power to the idea of relative truth as it in it’s very idea says, there is absolute truth and there is lesser non absolute truth… to me that would be a lie… yet I am faulted because I believe if something is not True it is a lie…)

If anything this passage is about being pure and not indulging in eating at the “temples” that are not of God, it is the calling that if one is a Christian to “come out from among THEM” not about kicking the unbeliever out of the churches…

How does this apply then to this day? We are to be careful who we join with. Meaning if there is any inkling to whether if one joins with a business or group, that if it is “questionable” it is better not to be a part of it. I have even attended some churches that are more a point of business contacts for the people that attend than a place of worship. It comes down to the matter of values… what is a value for the Kingdom over this world’s values.

Blessings,
iggy


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Furious Pursuit (Book Review)

February 2, 2007

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I received a request a while back to review a book by Tim King and Frank Martin titled “Furious Pursuit (Why God will never let you go). Of course I love a free book, so I said yes.

Now i am a grace junkie i admit… I love that God loves us and that even in the sending His Son to die in our place, we see that it is out of Love that God sent His Son to learn suffering, to learn obedience, and to taste death… all on our behalf. Some that as God being a cruel Father, yet miss that the Son willingly laid down His life for us, to give His life to us… in that to live His Life in and through us. In this Jesus also turned this fallen worlds system of power and authority on it’s head… and restored all back to God through Himself.

So often we hear of wrath, or of an angry God that is out for vengeance, and in that we think, of a god that desires to only punish sinners and hates sinners… which is farthest from the truth… If God hated sinners, He would not have even tried to save us. For scripture tells us in Romans 5:8-11

“But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous8 by his blood, we will be saved through him from God’s wrath. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by his life? Not only this, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation.”

At first as i was reading this book I kept finding myself going “yep, heard that before, yep, and that… and…. hmmm that was a pretty interesting…. hmmm wow, that was insightful, and…” In other words, I found that though much of this book seemed on the surface a retread of many other great books on Grace and God’s love out there, just when i thought I knew exactly where the authors were going, they hit me with some great thoughts. I really loved the chapters covering Hosea and Gomar. How God told Hosea to married of all things a prostitute… and love her… even in and through her unfaithfulness… The authors point out that all of us are Gomar… truly not worthy of forgiveness and even worse that we seem thing that when we are done “having our fun” that we can just go back to God like nothing happened… yet instead of wrath and hatred and punishment, God woos us into the desert and lavishes His love on us, to restore us to Himself… it is an amazing story and truth of scripture.

I truly recommend this book and the work book that is also available and I hope to soon start a small group that will study through this.

Blessings,
iggy


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Furious Pursuit (Book Review)

February 2, 2007

I received a request a while back to review a book by Tim King and Frank Martin titled “Furious Pursuit (Why God will never let you go). Of course I love a free book, so I said yes.

Now i am a grace junkie i admit… I love that God loves us and that even in the sending His Son to die in our place, we see that it is out of Love that God sent His Son to learn suffering, to learn obedience, and to taste death… all on our behalf. Some that as God being a cruel Father, yet miss that the Son willingly laid down His life for us, to give His life to us… in that to live His Life in and through us. In this Jesus also turned this fallen worlds system of power and authority on it’s head… and restored all back to God through Himself.

So often we hear of wrath, or of an angry God that is out for vengeance, and in that we think, of a god that desires to only punish sinners and hates sinners… which is farthest from the truth… If God hated sinners, He would not have even tried to save us. For scripture tells us in Romans 5:8-11

“But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous8 by his blood, we will be saved through him from God’s wrath. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by his life? Not only this, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation.”

At first as i was reading this book I kept finding myself going “yep, heard that before, yep, and that… and…. hmmm that was a pretty interesting…. hmmm wow, that was insightful, and…” In other words, I found that though much of this book seemed on the surface a retread of many other great books on Grace and God’s love out there, just when i thought I knew exactly where the authors were going, they hit me with some great thoughts. I really loved the chapters covering Hosea and Gomar. How God told Hosea to married of all things a prostitute… and love her… even in and through her unfaithfulness… The authors point out that all of us are Gomar… truly not worthy of forgiveness and even worse that we seem thing that when we are done “having our fun” that we can just go back to God like nothing happened… yet instead of wrath and hatred and punishment, God woos us into the desert and lavishes His love on us, to restore us to Himself… it is an amazing story and truth of scripture.

I truly recommend this book and the work book that is also available and I hope to soon start a small group that will study through this.

Blessings,
iggy


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