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    Surge Summary: Accusations of illegal child-labor used in the production of popular Cadbury chocolate eggs raises the specter of an age-old problem: mankind’s wickedness. It also reminds us why Jesus had to die and rise from the dead two thousand years ago.

    by Steve Pauwels

    Colored eggs and an anthropomorphized rabbit? How’d that stuff ever become an inextricable part of the celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead? The explanation is a bit murky, true enough — probably something to do with ideas of fertility and new life traditionally associated with those holiday staples. Keeping that in mind, it’s easy to see how an “Easter Bunny” and “Easter Eggs” could have come to be reflexively tied to an account of mankind’s Savior coming alive out of the grave; with power to transform everyone who believes in Him.

    It’s bitterly ironic, then, that a recent revelation involving a seasonal goody — an ovate sweet that’s especially popular every springtime — highlights the desperate spiritual need which required Jesus’ death and resurrection in the first place:

    The Western Journal‘s Jack Davis reports:

    Behind the chocolate in every Cadbury Crème Egg lurks the shadow of child labor, according to a new report.

    Britain’s Channel 4 found in a report this month that children as young as 10 work for up to nine hours a day in the African nation of Ghana to harvest the cocoa pods that are the raw material of the chocolate for the Easter treat, according to The Sun.

    “The farmers are paid so little they can’t afford to hire adults to work on the farm, so they have to use their children,” Channel 4 reporter Antony Barnett told The Sun. …

    Although Cadbury’s chocolate supposedly is ethically sourced, Barnett said child labor was pervasive during his trip to Ghana.

    “From what we saw, child labor was everywhere … we visited four farms in 12 days, during the harvest, and found evidence of child labor on every one. … It seemed to be endemic in my view.”

    Mondelez International, Cadbury’s parent company, said they “strongly refute” allegations that they profit from child labor. The company, however, said it would investigate the claims.”

    In Ghana, it is illegal for children under thirteen to work but the TV network said it discovered children younger than that working in multiple places.

    Barnett elaborated, 

    “[W]hat I found the most shocking was how involved they were in this really hazardous work. … It was the use of the machete and these sharp knives that was really concerning. They are so young, and these machetes are over half their height, at three feet, and you see both boys and girls are hacking through the undergrowth with them. … It’s back-breaking work, and many of them had been injured,”

    To repeat, the Cadbury people insist they prohibit child labor but are looking further into these latest accusations.

    Whatever the multinational confectionery company’s complicity in this particular matter, it’s estimated upwards of one-and-one-half million children are involved presently in cocoa production in Ghana and the Ivory Coast; ninety-five percent of them working in hazardous child labor. Additionally — and unconscionably – “the number of children ages 5 to 17 who are involved in cocoa labor in Ghana actually has increased from 44 percent to 55 percent since 2009.”

    So … it’s not only a scandal, but a worsening one — which brings us to the bigger picture; the universal picture, in fact: Whether merely past or hideously current, this atrocity represents one group of human beings abjectly mistreating others; a long-standing example of greedy wickedness; of sin.

    Sin, of course, is the dire reason necessitating that appalling murder carried out on a Roman cross some two-thousand years ago. It’s also the reason the innocent Victim of that atrocity had to surrender his life, then miraculously revive, gloriously emerging from His tomb days later.

    A just God required the death penalty of fallen and disobedient human beings. Jesus Christ willingly took their place. Next, he rose — living again! — to affirm He was who He’d previously claimed: the sinless, sacrificial Son of God; dispatched in human form to planet earth to deliver lost and condemned humanity. (Matthew 16: 21; Romans 1:4) Had he remained interred behind that stone? No eternal salvation, no forgiveness, no spiritual restoration. No hope.

    The depressingly reliable pattern of history has been: a) people involve themselves in activities and projects; and then b) rather promptly, they corrupt it, befoul it. Why’s that? Because, from time immemorial, the seed of sin has been germinating noxiously among every tribe, tongue, nation; in every individual, no exceptions (Romans 3:23).

    Thus: a holy but loving God to the rescue! With a plan involving first horror; followed by splendor unequalled.

    How else to salvage a globe-ful of human beings who’d abuse children in the manner unfolding today in Africa and elsewhere (child-trafficking anyone)? What kind of moral monsters perpetrate those kind of acts? Or men and women who’ll beat and even kill others for personal advantage, nevermind lying, cheating and stealing for same? Then there’s the predicament of workaday lust, jealousy, resentment, gossip, pride, hatred? And that doesn’t exhaust the entire feculent list.

    It’s all dizzying. Confronting that kind of a scenario, what can be done?

    The Creator resoundingly and definitively answered that challenge two millennia past with a bloody cross and a vacated tomb.

    Disturbing questions freshly swirling around a best-selling chocolate egg underscore His no-nonsense solution is as relevant in 2022 as it ever was. Those who genuinely put their faith in that remedy — the only one available — will similarly find it more than sufficient.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge

    Image: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/; Adapted from: Brett Jordan; https://www.flickr.com/photos/x1brett/4464473597


    Steve Pauwels

    Steve Pauwels is pastor of Church of the King, Londonderry, NH, Managing Editor over at dailysurge.com and host of Striker Radio with Steve Pauwels on the Red State Talk Radio Network. He's also husband to the lovely Maureen and proud father of three fine sons: Mike, Sam and Jake.

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