If you have anything to do with social media, you’ll know that the biggest thing online right now is not the presidency, sports, or anything else that we pour too much time and energy into.
For the first time in quite a while, facebook and twitter are blowing up over something that is important, but it has been going on for years. When I say years, I mean it’s been happening since I was in diapers.
If you don’t know what I’m referring to, please take 30 minutes and watch this video.
Why are we just finding out about this atrocity?
What is my role in participation?
What is our role as Christians? As the Church?
How can he justify his actions? Does he even have a conscience?
There are certain things in life that sometimes we want to forget about. In all honesty, we want to “un-see” them. Why? There can be many reasons. It’s because our guilt takes over. It’s because we don’t have time to care about things that are so far away and don’t effect the way we live our life on a day-to-day basis. It’s because we’ve exceeded our “spiritual bandwagon” things to do for the year. It’s because it doesn’t let us be apathetic.
As American’s, our bubble is good and safe. It’s the “American Dream”. It’s our house, picket fence, trophy wife and kids. Our bubble does not let things like this come in. We push them away because they are hard and it disrupts our life. My question is this:
What do we do when our “American Dream” is disrupted?
As a follower of Christ, I try and orient my life around things Jesus said and did. And as I’m reading through the New Testament, I see Jesus constantly caring about those who are not able to help themselves. I see him doing something about the injustice in the lives of people. I see him loving those who need to be loved.
Since this video was posted, there have been just as many people critiquing this video and “Invisible Children” as there are people who want to make a change. Just the other night, the co-founder was dealing with health issues that apparently caused him to do some things he shouldn’t have. What they’re doing isn’t perfect. It just isn’t. There’s no getting around it. This post isn’t perfect and probably has a bunch of holes in it, but are we not going to do something about this just because it’s not perfect? If that was the case, nothing would ever get done anywhere.
So what are we going to do? Are we going to care? Are we going to do something?
Tim Neufeld, my advisor at FPU, posted something on his facebook in response to the video that rang true in my heart.
The problem with creating awareness about any social issue via social media is that one might think tweeting or posting about the issue makes him or her an activist, and thus alleviates any guilt over the issue… Activism is not only changing one’s beliefs but also orienting one’s lifestyle in a way that changes the unjust system causing the issue.
A part of me wants to think that by writing this blog post, that I’ve done my part. I’ve hopefully made more people aware of this, and now they can inform more people, and we can do what the video says, “Make Joseph Kony famous”. But if that’s where it ends, then I drastically need to change the way I think. Writing this post doesn’t mean I’ve done my job. Re-posting this on facebook doesn’t mean that everything is okay and that my conscience can be cleared because I did my part.
Writing something or saying something is great. It is. But it can’t stop there.
We have to do something.
We also have to pray. We have to pray for these kids who are being forced to kill their parents. We have to pray for these kids who don’t want to sleep because they are scared. We have to pray for this evil man, that a miracle happens and that he stops. We have to pray that we don’t become apathetic, and that we will in fact, do something.