Random fact: I always want to take a bath after I clean the tub.
Over the last two weeks I have read a lot of blog posts by people bringing social injustices to light. And it’s absolutely necessary to be made aware of what goes on beyond the four ‘walls’ of my world. I firmly believe that God reveals things to us in the time that He wants us to learn them.
Sometimes, though, I learn things that I wish I could unlearn. Yesterday was one of those days. I recently subscribed to the blog rageagainsttheminivan. It’s written by a woman named Kristen. She is a phenomenal writer and an accomplished woman. I love the perspective she brings to the Christian faith. Yesterday, Kristen posted an article about Halloween candy. And how I shouldn’t be buying chocolate candy from certain US manufacturers. You can read the article here. It’s devastating. And full of truth. And I wish I could say I am jumping on board with this. I want to, in my heart. But I love chocolate! And that is such a cheap and awful rationalization for wanting to eat chocolate candy that is made on the backs of children, the same age as my kids, working in horrible conditions.
I am wrestling with this. Am I going to stop eating chocolate now that I have this information? Would I even be able to enjoy chocolate? Or am I only not eating chocolate because I now would feel guilty about it? Is this feeling in my heart guilt that I am perpetuating the enslavement of children? Or is it false guilt over the blessings that God has given me rather than someone else? If it’s false guilt, that is from Satan and it’s designed to rob me of the joy I have in the Lord. I don’t know. So far, I haven’t eaten any chocolate since. And it’s not that I can never eat chocolate again, I just need to be conscientious about the types of chocolate I buy. And there are resources within Kristen’s article that identify what US manufacturers don’t support cocoa farms using children in their harvesting of cocoa.
So this is my dilemma. Now I have found out something that I didn’t know. And it’s something big to think about. I’ll keep you posted.