sermons by ian banks

The servant girl and Naaman

Into the story comes a tiny, unnamed, Israelite slave girl.

She would have been on the bottom rung of society, if she was on the ladder at all. A slave, female, foreign and young. In modern parlance we’d say she’d been trafficked.

And that should bring us up short. It’s too easy to dismiss slavery as something which happened hundreds or thousands of years ago. Another time, another place.

But this still happens today. It should still make us uncomfortable.