Jesus loves you, too bad about the messenger…
I just came across this blog by American freelance writer Ed Brayton. He speaks of a story he is currently working on which exposes the source behind many “Christian” trinkets in bookshops and supermarkets: sweatshop labour.
It would be laughable were the reality not so tragic. In an age of supposed enlightenment and human respect, slavery still happens under our noses and we treat it as an abstract concept simply because we can’t see it. What’s even worse is that crucifixes, toys, and gifts bearing nice messages such as “Jesus loves you” are now being distributed and manufactured by means that are an absolute and unadulterated affront to Jesus’ teachings. He overturned the moneychangers’ tables in His day; I’d shudder to think what He would do were He here in the flesh right now.
Yet we are Jesus’ hands and feet, are we not? He demonstrated outrage at the oppression of poorer classes, and if we seek to follow Him then we ought to be following the same. Peacemakers though we are, there are some things in this world that just cannot be tolerated. Yet, by our purchasing choices, not only do we tolerate slavery, we actually endorse and fund it.
Where are your clothes coming from? Do you know about the source? Are you challenging your manufacturer?
It is our duty to know and understand where our products are coming from. They are not abstract concepts, our consumerism always starts somewhere and it could be costing someone else more than you could ever appreciate.