Human Beings: Not for Sale!
by Bishop Aaron Yap
Recently, I read a news article reported by Al Jazeera dated 28th March 2017 that the selling price of a baby in our country ranges from RM3,500 to RM6,700. This is not new but something that has been going on for a long time. There are people out there who abduct children for illegal activities or as a form of illicit business to generate income. On the other hand, probably out of desperation, there are buyers who could be couples who could not bear any children.
Another form of ‘human beings for sale’ is ‘human trafficking’ and our country has been exposed as an important hub for such activities. Perhaps another form of human trafficking could be found in how we treat our ‘domestic help /maids.’ It was reported that the majority of trafficking victims are among the estimated two million documented and an even greater number of undocumented migrant workers in Malaysia. In addition, the more than 150,000 registered refugees and asylum-seekers in Malaysia lack formal status or the ability to obtain legal work permits, leaving them vulnerable to trafficking. Further, children from refugee communities in Peninsular Malaysia are reportedly subjected to “forced begging.” (Please refer to SUHAKAM, and the U.S. Department of State – on 2016 Human Trafficking in Persons Report for more.)
In Psalms 8:4, “4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” God is shown to be mindful of human beings. This thought is also found in the beginning of the Creation where the Bible states that when God created human beings, God blessed them: “So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over (Or take care) the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” (Genesis 1:27-28) God blessed what He had created and He blessed human beings at the end of His great masterpiece. As such, we as God’s creation should also treat each other with respect.
God created, equipped and protected us and human beings are called to cooperate with God, to serve Him and to constantly fight evil. It is the particular responsibility of human beings to work for good in this world and to promote justice and peace.
Even if all that were set aside, see how great the price that God had paid for us, in Galatians 5:1, “1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” God has treasured each of us to the extent recorded in John 3:16-17, “16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” Since all of us have been liberated by God’s grace and our Lord Jesus Christ has taught us that we should love one another, we should not then enslave each other in different forms of slavery as outlined above.
Who can condemn the children of God since Christ had died for them? Bear in mind that since the inception of our Church, we have heard and continue to hear and read the wonderful sharing of our members, friends and associates, near and far of God’s Grace and Love. We – Human Beings: Not for Sale! This is one of the Sub-Themes in our 500 Years of Reformation Commemoration. We hope to hear more from you, as all of us are created in God’s own Image (Imago Dei)! We can share on how we treat each other with due respect and how this brings trans formative lives in your own context and experiences!