Social Injustice and “Stop Kony”
When we hear or see something viral such as Passion raising awareness of human trafficking or Invisible Children raising awareness of children being forced into slavery & turned into soldiers by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), we must be moved to action. We can’t ignore the injustice that is going on. The Bible speaks quite often about social injustice, two of those books being Isaiah and Amos (read them). This is not a calling. This is something God hates and so should we.
With that being said, we need to be aware of what’s going on in Uganda. We need to be aware of the injustice being brought about by Kony. Once we are, though, we must be moved to some sort of action. The injustice that is going on in Uganda with the LRA is horrible. Yet, we need to check out both sides of the story. There are good points being raised by people who are far more knowledgeable about Kony, Uganda, and Invisible Children than we are.
I agree that all of this going on with the children in Uganda needs to stop. Kony needs to be stopped. Justice needs to be served. Yet, I think we need to be much more informed about the situation before we throw out our full support.
So when something like human trafficking or children being abducted and turned into violent soldiers turns viral all over the world in less than a day, you must do more than just watch a video and feel sorry for the children.
So, real quickly, how do we act with the whole “Stop Kony” campaign?
- Pray. Don’t just immediately get involved in the latest social injustice that is being reported. Pray for Kony’s heart to be softened by the gospel. Pray for people to share the gospel with Kony. Pray for the children involved. Pray for those who are already involved in fighting against the injustice. Pray to see what role God wants you to take in fighting. It may be giving money. It may be praying consistently. It may be getting the word out. It may be actually packing up and moving to Uganda to help firsthand. Whatever the situation may be, pray about what He would have you do.
- Research. You’ve been informed through video, info-graphics, and word of mouth. You must dig deeper. Do not believe every single thing you see, hear, or read. But you must take it into consideration. First, read what God has to say about social injustice in the Bible. Then, Read news articles on this situation (which begins to date many years back). Read firsthand accounts from people who have been there and experienced what is going on. Research facts about the situation from multiple sources and organizations. Expand your knowledge on the situation.
- Act. You can’t just sit back with the knowledge you have gained and do nothing. You must be moved to action. Do something now.