Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours,
yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion
is to look out to the earth,
yours are the feet by which He is to go about doing good
and yours are the hands by which He is to bless us now.
St Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
I’m not saying that fighting slavery is the only thing you should do if you want to follow Jesus. I don’t want you to feel like that’s what I think. Everyone has commitments. We all have projects that are close to our hearts. We all have passions. I realize you might want to give to AIDS awareness, or contribute to cancer or autism research, or help the troops. I’m not discrediting those things at all. Those are all really important causes, and if you have a heart for one or more of them, or any other, I understand.
But I really hope that you will seriously consider helping out with this too. If you donate through the Free2Play app, or find some other way to help Not For Sale or any of the other abolition campaigns, then you help support really effective programs. You can actually feel like you’re doing some damage. When you give to one of these programs, you’ll see your impact. You don’t have to give much, because it doesn’t matter how much you give. It only matters how many of us give. When a lot of us do a little bit together, we can see the result.
The simplest way I can possibly put it is this: when it comes to slavery and abolition, this is Jesus. This is the hands and feet of Jesus. With our hands and feet, Jesus can bless people who have been sold into slavery. With our hands and feet, He can free them.
This is what it means to love your neighbor as yourself. We are talking about children, and women, and even men who are being sold into slavery, and they have done nothing for you. They don’t even know you! And yet you’ve helped them. This is the love of Jesus. It’s unconditional love.
Imagine what it’s like for people in slavery to see major league athletes come together with their fans and say, “We’re willing to fight for you and we’ve never even met you.” Slaves are isolated and hopeless, thinking that no one knows about them or cares about them, and then they see total strangers stand up for them and fight for them. To me, that’s Jesus, because that’s what Jesus did for us. We’ve done nothing for God, and yet He wants to free us, and love us. The slaves have done nothing for us, and yet we will free them, and love them.
If you want to reflect the image of the Almighty God, if you want to be like Jesus and walk like Jesus and reflect what Jesus did, then this is it. This is Jesus.
Happy Independence Day! See you Saturday.