Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing the stories of some well-known and little-known Lion Chasers. And in chasing the lion, these people have chosen to be the change instead of sit around and wait for someone else to do something about it.
Fifteen year old Zach Hunter is a modern-day abolitionist. In spite of what we might think, the slave trade did not end with the U.S. Civil War. It officially ended in the United States, but human trafficking is still a profitable business in many areas of the world. There are still a reported 27 million people still in slavery 140 years after the U.S. Civil War and 200 years after the abolition of slavery in the British Empire.
When young Mr. Hunter learned that slavery is still active around the world, he had two options. He could wait for someone else to do something about it. This would make the most sense – since he was, after all, still a teenager. Or he could do something about it. He could chase the lion and try to bring about change. And that’s what he did. He created the organization Loose Change to Loosen Chains to raise money and awareness.
The title of Sunday’s sermon was Be the Change. When I came up with that title, I had no idea that there was a book about Zach Hunter and his efforts called Be the Change. Lion Chasers don’t sit around and wait for someone else to address the problem that they see in front of them. Lion Chasers do something about it. Lion Chasers are the change.