The World of Modern-Day Slavery

Reading Muscat Daily this morning, I noticed this “Today in History” section which reports that on August 28th, 1833, Britain banned slavery throughout its empire.  It got me thinking about slavery and modern slavery which is alive and doing well.  Click here to see the “Abolition of Slavery Timeline” on Wikipedia.  Interesting to note that Oman was the 2nd last country on the list to abolish slavery (in 1970) only behind Mauritania which abolished slavery as late as 1981!

If you think that slavery is a thing of the past, you best watch this TED talks presentation by photographer, Lisa Kristine:

                                          If you’re one of those folks that thinks that our world is getting better and better, morally and ethically, it’s time to get your head out of the sand.  This world is headed to hell in a handbasket and the time is ripe for the judgment of God.  If God does not judge this world and this generation in particular, He will most definitely need to offer a formal apology to Sodom and Gommorah.

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2 responses to “The World of Modern-Day Slavery

  1. Hmmn interesting topic. Will bookmark the video to watch after work..
    Is there a definition to ‘slavery’ anywhere?

  2. Za,
    Yes, interesting and heart-breaking topic if you get into the details of lives affected. Please do take the time to watch the video as it is eye-opening. There are plenty of definitons of slavery, and one I appreciate comes from dictionary.com: 1) a person who is the property of and wholly subject to another; a bond servant. 2) a person entirely under the domination of some influence or person. I think we all can easily understand the meaning behind the 1st definition but I like the more spiritual application to definition #2 in which you can be “under the domination of some influence” as well. This is the more encompassing nature of slavery that Jesus referred to when he stated to the Pharisees that all humans (as we all sin) are “slaves to sin”. “Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin”” (John 8:34). I’m getting off topic here but human beings can’t seem to help but force themselves upon weaker humans and exploit them. It’s part of the sin nature bound up in mankind them has not gone away over the centuries.

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