I don’t know if you followed the story in 2002, but
some women took over an oil terminal in Nigeria, demanding jobs for
their husbands and sons.
They were demanding that ChevronTexaco fulfill its promises to hire
local workers and to provide schools, electricity, and water systems to
their village – promises that seemed to have been forgotten by the oil
company as soon as the terminal was put into service.
The sad part of the story is that while
the villagers had received nothing but empty promises from the
multi-national corporation, the oil terminal itself was filled with what
we would call modern amenities, including a medical clinic, a cafeteria,
game rooms, and satellite TV....
The protesting women occupied the port
for ten full days before oil company executives met with them and showed
good faith efforts to fulfill their promises. But they only came to
Nigeria after the women threatened to “shame” the company by stripping
naked on the docks.
In a country where violence is
commonplace, these women bravely and courageously used a non-violent
protest to make change happen.
Theirs is a common story in world history, though few of the people
involved in those stories are known by name.....
It’s easy to think that our story today
is about Moses, but the real heroes are five women. We don’t even know
the names of all of these unsung heroes of faith. If it were not for Shiphrah and Puah,
this story would sound very much like the story of another baby born
many years later – a baby whose very presence brought fear into the
heart of a king; a king whose fear led to the intentional slaughter of
innocent children (Mt 2:16).
Our passage today is about the triumph
of non-violence over violence, the triumph of right over wrong, the
triumph of the weak over the strong, the triumph of slaves over their
oppressors. It is the triumph of God that sets the stage for a much
larger triumph when Israel will be released from captivity and set free
in the Promised Land. ..... Subscribers:
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