More people are held in illegal slavery today than in all of human history. In every period we study this year, slavery was a crucial part of the economy. Today, it's the fastest growing black market industry and could soon surpass both drugs and arms dealing.Slavery breaks God's heart.
Freedom is at the heart of Christianity. When Christ preached his first sermon to begin his ministry, he read Isaiah 61:1 and said: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord."
As imitators of Him, His purposes should be ours. As the founder of Worldvision, Bob Pierce, said, "Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God."