Do you ever dream of a different world to the one you find yourself in? Do thoughts of hatred, violence, greed and isolation wear you down? Do you wonder how can we bring about change that reflects the values and priorities of God?
One small step at a time. There is something in the human psyche where we tend to overestimate what we can do in the short haul but underestimate the power of small steps over the long haul. Whether it be Wilberforce with the abolition of slavery or the civil rights movement in the USA, history tells us that change can happen when we persist for what is right over the long haul.
Can we invite you to take some small steps where together we can address some of the ills plaguing our world? Issues like child slavery, poverty, and inequity in supply chains can be addressed by pressuring companies to do better through our intentional purchasing. Advocacy around justice issues reminds decision makers of our values and priorities.
If you want to take a small step this week, below are a couple of sites which can help you move forward in making a difference.
Baptist World Aid www.baptistworldaid.org.au
Baptist World Aid have Ethical Fashion and Electronics Guides which empower you to be better informed in your choices when purchasing. This Fashion Guide assesses 219 fashion brands, and the Electronic Guide does the same for 100 electronics brands.
World Vision www.worldvision.com.au
World Vision lists some simple things to be aware when purchasing to make sure we shop ethically. They also have a range of papers and articles on child slavery and supply chains which raise an awareness of the systems we may inadvertently support when we are not discerning on our purchasing.
Micah Challenge http://www.micahaustralia.org
Micah Challenge is a coalition of Australian Christians living as advocates for justice and working together with people in poor communities for a world free from poverty.