Shine a Light On Slavery — End It

It is a simple sentence, Shine a light on slavery. Nevertheless, its import is expansive. First, let us consider it grammatically. One of the five basic patterns of a simple sentence is the SVO, in this case, Subject + Verb + Direct Object. Consider its size — only five little words. Packaged with the simple introductory sentence, “END IT,” an explosive laconic directive is formed.

Directive in Nature

Intentionally, I bring to your attention the character of the phrase. “A directive sentence is one that defines expected behavior or gives direction to a proposed outcome. There is a behavior that will move toward a desired goal.” It is time for it to end. This slavery must come to an end. Thus the directive is that someone, anyone, everyone– must act in ending it. The expected behavior — do something!

The Behavior, The Movement

The simple response that will move toward the desired goal, ending it, is to “shine.” Shine a light! The necessary action to eradicate darkness is to admit light. Each light, shining based upon the capacity of the light

bearer, serves the greater purpose. Inactivity, therefore, would be the only disgrace. DIS-GRACE–the absence of grace. Let this be your song, “This little light of mine; I’m gonna let it shine! Let it shine!” Let it shine! SHINE!

The Direct Object

The direct object of the light is the Slavery. The END IT Movement recognizes slavery as

“one person completely controlling another person, using violence or the threat of violence to maintain that control. Human-trafficking, the modern-day slave trade, refers to the illegal trade of human beings through abduction, the use of threat or force, deception, fraud, or ‘sale’ for the purposes of sexual exploitation or forced labor.”

The Imperative

Despite the directive nature of the statement, we must make a case for the imperative. Both “End It” and “Shine a Light on Slavery” use the absence of the prominent subject. Now you, the reader, can hear it speak to your person. The focus blazingly reflects the essential action, the imperative mood, the pleading emotion. “YOU,” the targeted subject, “MUST!”

Shine a Light On Slavery

It is not too late! Join the movement and SHINE!

President, Director at Adam Restored Ministries, Inc.

Charlton Alexander, the founder of Adam Restored Ministries, Inc., is passionate about reaching others who may not know that depth of love that God has for fallen humanity. He believes gender, marital, and sexual wholeness can be achieved when one’s eye is single toward God’s glory.

Originally published at on February 24, 2017.