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There’s no status in shouting for justice, people roll their eyes when they hear it

I went to an International Justice Mission (IJM) seminar last week.

My spine tingled when they talked about William Wilberforce and the beginning of the anti-slavery movement in the 1800’s. I’m a sucker for historical, spine-tingling stories.

Wilberforce didn’t start out with status, he got ignored or eye-rolled. People already understood slaves: they called them servants.  There, that takes the moral sting out doesn’t it? Good thing I don’t see so-called “servants” walking around now-days or I’d set things right.

Actually, I don’t know what I’d do if I did see a slave.

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I call myself an activist but I’m not much on acting. I felt like a fake marching downtown Toronto for the Free-Them Walk in September shouting answers to the bull-horn,

Bullhorn girl: What do we want?

Crowd: Freedom!

Bullhorn girl: When do we want it?

Crowd: Now!

My 17 year-old, who felt “ako tako” (that means awkward in teen speak) she quietly tailored her own answers. Triggered perhaps, by the Tardis t-shirt she wore under the Free- Them one. (Tardis, as in Dr. Who.)

Bullhorn girl: What do we want?

17 year-old: Time travel!

Bullhorn girl: When do we want it?

17 year-old: It’s irrelevant!

There’s no status in shouting out freedom demands, people roll their eyes when they hear it. Activism isn’t like a calling. It’s not a calling until it’s clear and respected right? It’s not clear or respected until thousands stand up and shout. Aren’t callings always this way? 

To be honest, I don’t feel called. To be really honest, I just love being associated with this movement’s for bearers. To be super honest, I’d time travel with my daughter right on back to both Wilberforce and Lincoln’s era (am I a fan girl? I own three copies of the Lincoln DVD. . . for real).

It’s not that I’ve never felt called. I’ve heard the call:

Move! This is war. And it will be fought in the minds and wallets of westerners who benefit from everything from cheap coffee to paid sex—Oh yes, THIS is the time to stand up and shout for justice.

It’s just that the call can be quieted by the gentle hand of distraction pointing to calendars, chores, oil changes.

My once-impassioned prayers get dry: God, free the enslaved, bring rescue. When those dry prayers need zing, I fire off a flaming dart of  justice: God get those slave holders, annihilation and smoting! This would clean things up much faster I think.

Better pray-ers than me (IJM for instance) pray for perpetrators, they pray forgiveness for slaver holders—pimps!—believing that those who are forgiven much, love much.

That’s the difference between IJM and me. They get the big picture. Their vision is spot on:

 To rescue thousands

Protect millions

And prove that justice for the poor is possible.

What we do matters. Activism means actively communicating (with or without a bull horn).

 

What we do here echoes in eternity.

Maximus Decimus Meridius

Opportunities are ubiquitous!

There’s loads of them:

*Get tweets from modern abolitionists in Toronto, IJM and Ottawa.

*Subscribe to blogs on modern slavery.

*Go to events.

 Find out what moves you.

*Is it starting a team of freedom fighters in your town?

*Is it after-care for survivors?

*Is it supporting front-line workers?

*Is it requesting your MP to champion the cause in parliament?

It feels amazing to move the ball forward in a team effort. Pick a position.

One person picked her spot on our local team.

Diane, a full-time, highly-skilled nurse, brand new to the cause, took on a Ten Thousand Villages sale. Nov 23, 2013.

We’ve never done Ten Thousand Villages before.

Diane is undaunted.

She thought it would be great if our town paid half the rent for the sale facility.

They did.

She thought we should run the sale 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. All she needed was an army of volunteers.

She’s getting them.

She thinks we can earn enough to send a youth to an IJM event in Washington DC. We will.

Because Diane believes we can.

We are.

We will be accepting applications for this prize-of-a-trip soon. Keep your ear out.

Teens dig crime-fighting careers. So happens slavery is a cornucopia of criminals and corruption.

Add that to a generation looking for purpose and what do you get? Career-bound world-changers. Yes.

Now that makes my spine tingle for the future.

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  • Christine

    That’s incredible,Marilyn! I will make an effort to attend. I have felt the same way, needing todo something to keep my heart and mind focused on the issue. I created Freedom Knits ( https://www.facebook.com/freedomknitsco ) as a way to daily engage in prayer and action, with the hope of raising awareness. Just getting started but trusting God to take my meager offering… :)