Today’s post is going to be a little different. It has to do with community…and our perspective, for sure. But it is the world community that will take center stage in what I am sharing today.
Sometimes I get overwhelmed by the great need of humanity. I’m a Christ Follower…that means I have a specific faith perspective on things that takes the immediate need of people into account and places that into the infinite context of eternity. Not an easy thing to do, but nonetheless, necessary. I watch programs and read stories about feeding hungry children, or stopping drug crimes…or I think about what it will require to change the downward spiral of our country in regards to the economy, morality and educating our children, and I feel that the need is too great to meet. I can even become cynical at times because of the corruption of our politicians and the unbalanced approach to leadership. However, I was challenged in my negative thinking about the potential to bring about change recently by two things: I witnessed a group of around 43,000 college students raise over $2 million in four days to help stop human trafficking, and I watched a video today about stopping a madman from his 26-year murderous rampage in Uganda.
I know this will require a bit more of a time investment today than usual in reading my blog, but the 30 minutes you invest in watching the video below, I believe, will be worth it. After you have watched it, I will share a few thoughts on the other side.
Now, I use the word “generation” in the title in a loose sense. More specifically, the points of my post today are indicative of the thinking and motivation of the youthful generation of teens to 30-somethings…especially the 20-somethings. However, there are some of these dynamics that are indicative of the “world culture” today, no matter the age, and the applications are certainly meant to cross all generational boundaries. Since the video required a significant time investment, I will endeavor to keep my comments somewhat brief.
There is Power in the Grass Roots
We know that the last U.S. Presidential election showed this to be true. In an age where social media is the most powerful medium available, the ability to communicate a cause and rally support has been exponentially multiplied. Combine that tool with effective imagery (which is central to the thinking and captivation of this current generation), and you have the potential to amass a global community of support for a cause. There is a lesson there for us in order to make good happen in the world…even, or especially, to share the good news of Jesus Christ. There is no longer a need to feel overwhelmed by the mass need when there is a mass approach to meeting it. We will still never achieve a Utopian world (prophecy and Truth explains that), however, we can make a huge impact on souls worldwide if we are wise in our method of using the “grass roots” approach. That’s actually the New Testament model.
Someone, Who Is One, Impacted By One, Can’t Do Nothing
Could you have looked Jacob in the eyes, as Jason Russell did, and not have responded in the same way he did? I couldn’t have. I may not have had the resources, or the expertise to address it the way he has, but I couldn’t have walked away, throwing up my hands and saying I can’t do anything. I would have had to do something.
Even when it may feel too big to make a dent in the affairs of the world, I have to know I CAN make a difference in the life of one person. As I know them, love them, spend time with them, and invest in them, I will make a difference…for me, it will be by the power of Jesus working through me. I just can’t do nothing…I have to do something. It will cost me some money, it will cost me some time, it will cost me some emotional stress, and it will cost me some comfort, but it will be worth it…because it is a life, and every life counts.
We Must Become Comfortable with a Generation that is Motivated by Causes
Some have long preached that meeting social needs and rallying around causes is not worth our time. They think somehow that it short-circuits the call by Jesus to make disciples. To have that mentality, however, is to miss the heart of why we fulfill the great commission to begin with. Isn’t it about the souls who are suffering…condemned for eternity? If our motivation is only to fulfill an obligation and duty and not because we love these souls we are reaching, I wonder if our efforts are going to make a difference anyway. Remember…
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
1 If I could speak in any language in heaven or on earth but didn’t love others, I would only be making meaningless noise like a loud gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I knew all the mysteries of the future and knew everything about everything, but didn’t love others, what good would I be? And if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, without love I would be no good to anybody. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would be of no value whatsoever.
If I, or someone in their twenties, gets excited about addressing a need to rescue people from bondage and free them from suffering…with the eventual goal of sharing the freeing message of Jesus, that’s a good thing. We must capitalize on that desire to advance the Kingdom of God. We must allow our hearts to be captivated by the reality that every individual is important and every need is another opportunity to express the love and freedom that comes through a relationship with Jesus. Every Jesus Follower must see himself as one who can do this.
I think an honest look at the life of Jesus…and the heart of God…reveals to us that we should be concerned with the needs of people. Ultimately, their greatest need is for a life-giving relationship with Jesus…that may start with a freshly dug well, a medical procedure or a school building. But it can open the door to their hearts to meet the deepest need for redemption. That’s a cause we can all agree upon.
He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
How were you affected by the KONY video?