The Center for Faith & Culture—Olivet Nazarene University

Setting the Captive Free

The abolition of slavery was one of the driving issues in the early holiness movement in the mid-19th century. While forms of slavery have changed, the problem of slavery is still with us. Trafficking in human beings has become an “industry” around the world in the 21st century. The Church of the Nazarene has identified with the modern abolition movement against human trafficking. This column will explore the problem of human trafficking and what kinds of redemptive response we might be able to make.

This month Craig Bishop opens the conversation with a call to our engagement with this issue. Dr. Bishop is Olivet Nazarene University’s liaison with the denomination’s effort to address human trafficking.


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Human Trafficking: A Call to the Church for Help


Imagine …..   You are reading this article and suddenly you hear a sound.  It seems to be the sound of someone screaming for “Help”. Repeatedly they call for someone to help. The cry began softly with a tremble of fear. Fear in the voice of the cry and fear in your realization that you were hearing the cry. It grew into a sound of sheer panic. It is now a sound ringing in your ears and forming as a question in your mind as to whether you have really heard the cry. Then, suddenly it settles in your heart and you know.  You are sure. You are fully filled with “Awareness”.  You know that you heard the cry for “Help”. You begin to question your ability to help the person. You wonder if you even have the “Authority” to intervene on their behalf.  It is now a matter of you being responsible to “Respond”.

“Help”! …..     That is the call of the modern Abolitionist Movement - the efforts to end modern day slavery.  You are being called to help in the efforts to act as an advocate on behalf of the oppressed and victimized.

“Awareness “….. Some have progressed to the stage of hearing the cry of the oppressed. Some have just begun the process of becoming fully aware of the situation occurring in our local communities as well as in foreign countries.

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