Around the globe, slavery and trafficking affect the lives of workers in the textile industry, many of whom create the inexpensive fashions we crave, but yet they do not earn a living wage.
Christ makes it clear that our call is not just to care for our family and friends but for the lives of all people. The story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30–37) is a story of people crossing cultural boundaries to care for people who have fallen victim to circumstances outside of their control.
Garment worker rights are women’s and human rights. Our choices matter and our world is interwoven in ways we will never fully realize. We each have the power to change industries and the world, to better honor those who purchase and those who create.
This message is adapted from “Wearing our faith” by Rebecca Ballard in the January/February 2017 issue of Gather.