Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Slave Free Chocolate for Valentine$ Day

I welcome The Hershey Company's new commitment to improve supply chains, but it's not enough. 
Yes, I understand how capitalism works; yes, I am a capitalist, but no company should stoup to supporting child labor in order to make a buck.  Consumers, if we choose to support fair trade lines, we can drive the corporate giants toward just decision making.  So, if you are going to buy Hersheys this Valentines Day, buy "Bliss," but consider buying from a fair trade brand.  Download the new freetowork barcode app at and look at these

And maybe even sign a petition to tell Hershey's to "Stop Exploiting Children to Grow Cocoa Beans."  I do not agree with every petition this website offers, but I do agree with this one.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Reasons for Inquiry

Jeremiah 10:21 says, "The shepherds are senseless and do not inquire of the Lord; so they do not prosper and all their flocks are scattered."  Several proverbs warn about such consequences, but Jeremiah gives a specific example. 
If we do not inquire of the Lord, we are considered "senseless."  Rom 9:16 and a proverb (that I can't find right now) says that it is not by man's efforts but by God's mercy that a man prospers.  If we try to do it on our own, "our flocks will scatter" aka our purpose will not be fulfilled.
Proverbs also says again and again not to be discouraged when the wicked prosper.  I never really understood why God would let them prosper, but you know, they may be prospering in the world's eyes but not in the Lord's eyes.  For instance, if Jeremiah's shepherds are sitting there picking their toenails while their sheep are scattering, they may get really good and toenail picking, but not good at shepherding. 
Now I am afraid not only that I wont prosper, but that I will think I am prospering when I am not.  (I am not talking about accumulation of wealth= prosperity.  That is not biblical.  I am talking about giving love and justice to as many people as possible so that "His will be done on earth as it is in heaven."  Lord, teach us how to pray.  Matthew 6 and A Praying Life.

Read this little illustration.  So well put: