Did you know there are more slaves in the world now than there have been at anytime in history? Some estimates say 27 million people are being denied the basic human right of freedom. That is twice as many slaves as there were when the emancipation proclamation was signed. And these aren’t all in foreign countries, there is slavery, called human trafficking now, going on right here in America. It is shocking and disgusting, but luckily there is something we can do about it right now.
It’s almost time for Christmas. I can tell because there are lights on my neighbors houses, it is a little colder outside, the meeting house has been decorated with trees and nativity scenes, they’re playing carols on the radio, and, most clearly, everyone is complaining about the phrase, “Happy Holidays.” I hear “Keep the Christ in Christmas” more than I hear “Merry Christmas” these days.