Sorry about the sobering topic during a glorious New Zealand Summer – but I have to share this burden.
Over the Christmas season, I helped to organize 6 related services and 2 memorials. It was a tough time. In one of the services, I presented the talk on the Advent Wreath.
Part of organizing was being prepared to lead other services, if necessary. As part of that preparation, I wrote a talk for the Sunday following Christmas.
It was not needed but the research for that topic still burdens me.
Traditionally, the dedication of baby Jesus at the Temple is commemorated. Many years after the account given by Luke, his ministerial colleague, Paul, connected the Advent with Slavery.
I know — its a bit shocking.
What was even more disturbing was learning that Slavery is still an issue – even right here in Godzone New Zealand!
Salvation Army isn’t running from the issue. Their challenging article asks the question, “Are There Slaves In New Zealand?”
The answer, sadly, is yes.
Along the way, I came across some disturbing images from LifeHack.org. I selected 10 of them to include in the PowerPoint.
Although I didn’t present the talk that Sunday, I feel compelled to post a video of the PowerPoint. I’m reading the notes for the message.
At least there is good news – the Advent teaches Soul Liberty is now possible. But we all must still work toward protecting our children.
Thank you for allowing me to share this burden. Together, I’m confident we can create effective measures to put this societal cancer into remission.