Tuesday, June 4, 2013

in this day of slaughter

Building Materials Blamed For Bangladesh Factory Collapse

Associated Press
Huffington Post
23 May 2013

"The disaster highlighted the hazardous working conditions in Bangladesh's $20 billion garment industry and the lack of safety for millions of workers who are paid as low as $38 a month. The 1,127 killed at Rana Plaza in the Dhaka suburb of Savar are among at least 1,800 Bangladesh garment-industry workers killed in fires or building collapses since 2005."

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A Haunting Embrace Amid the Rubble of the Bangladesh Building Collapse 

Jasmin Malik Chua
27 May 2013

"They are witnesses in this cruel history of workers being killed."

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Fighting Hopelessness Amid Ashes

James Estrin
Blogs at the New York Times
29 Nov. 2012

"“Julekha was crying and said that her husband called her when the fire broke out in the factory and said, ‘Pardon me, my dear, I am going to die.’ ”"

A review of the work of photographer-activist, Taslima Akhter, whose photographs powerfully capture the aftermath of fires in the Bangladesh garment industry. This particular collection documented the 2012 fire at the Tazreen Fashions garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Gap, Walmart Seek Alternative Plan for Factory Safety in Bangladesh

Jasmin Malik Chua
3 June 2013

A mere two sentences encapsulates that several major American retailers are crafting their own plan to improve working conditions in the Bangladesh garment industry rather than signing on to the Accord generated primarily by European retailers.

A red flag becomes the necessity.

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15 Major Retailers That Haven’t Signed the Bangladesh Safety Agreement

Jasmin Malik Chua
29 May 2013

Non-signing retailers include Abercrombie & Fitch, Tommy Hilfager and Calvin Klein. Other articles list Wal-mart and Gap (as of 15 May 2013).

Scores Die in Chinese Poultry Plant Fire

corporate greed
a culture of careless & unknowing greed
working conditions of third world countries who make American goods
income level of third world countries who make American goods
$38 a month employee wages in a $20 billion industry
if we support the industry, we support their practices

As readers know, I am not an activist. I track things according to an eschatological foundation and lens. As much as that is the imperative, however, a very real sense of the future judgment of God undergirds eschatology.

When God speaks, the faithful listen.

The faithful amend the trajectory of their walk on planet earth.

Change their lives.

Impact the lives of those who are not able to effect change on their own.

Where my overabundance is set into the basket of plenteousness on the backs of another, I am charged with their loss. This will remain an enduring pointer at this blog: where have we as a nation (and/or a culture: "Western civilization" and/or as a people), lived lives of excess at the expense of others.

If God speaks to you herein, you will know it...

And, as Mary told the servant at the wedding at Cana, do what He says...

Where that might lead each individual as a servant of the Most High, this blogger will not conjecture.

Where that might lead this nation, or its churches, or its legislators, cannot say.

But if you can do nothing save see, send on, and pray, the work of God begins.

I have addended three passages from Scripture (out of a multitude: God's devotion to the poor and oppressed is a foundational truth of the faith.

However, as with other matters of the faith, devotion to the poor without Christ is mere agenda).

That slim line wherein 'my' views or excessive laws to girdle excess in any form recast the whole must be grasped, in any exchange that involves social justice or human rights: it cannot be overemphasized that, without Christ, all is mere agenda.

Agenda does not give freedom.

The passage from James is so powerful, however, I include it the passage itself, after. The era into which James charged its people with excess was a time filled with an abundance that chills. The Jews of the priestly and ruling class were quite comfortable in the society of the Roman rulers (up to and including its highest levels). Their wealth, influence and intrigue is interwoven into the histories of Josephus, which I highly recommend reading.

However, the wealth of that era pales to the least of mists in comparison to our day. James 5:1-6 trumpets its mandate as one of a number of 'hidden' prophecies: the day declares them as such.

Does God command that we follow a trail of 'must-do' items —do or die at the hands of a wrathful God?

Not the living God of our Lord Jesus Christ. Those who love Jesus, obey His commandments.

That is not 'have to.'

It is life...

As I have explored at other blogs, laws exist to girdle the weak, who have no moral comprehension without the restraint law commands. However, the corollary of this reality remains that law comes to define (and supercede) moral 'knowledge' when a law counters the commandments of God.

Excessive governmental control is the product of loss of moral integrity. A direct correlation must be presumed between the success of corporate giants and the people who purchased their products and gave them the power and wealth they possess.