I am just some guy who has seen some things. I have very little power or influence relative to the enormity of what we face. I have never, and with my history never will, entered the arena of politics or law enforcement. I lack the training of a lawyer and the connections of a celebrity. So do I sit idly by and watch my people: my generation, my government, my Church and my nation fail? It would seem easier and smarter to just “look on the bright side”. Why not? “Find the silver lining, you’re really good at that”, they say. After all, it makes people feel better and doesn’t generally offend anyone, but…
How can I not be horrified?
As I watch a replay of all of the most sinister kinds of injustice I know to have happened in the modern world.
How can I not be terrified?
As everything I thought made me who I am is made less and less valuable in the nation I call home.
How can I be silent?
As my heart breaks every time I dare to look beyond my little world.
I follow Jesus. I try to act, to think, to be as much like Him as I can. What does that mean? It means I care more about others than I do myself. It means that being comfortable in this world is not my greatest priority. It means that I am a radical with very little respect for institutional authority. It means I see things differently then those who are “successful” in the world I inhabit. I don’t look to my career, my bank account or even my family (whom I adore) to weigh the value of my time on this Earth. And it means, in no uncertain terms, that things may end badly for me in this life, so…
When my fellow countryman have elected a man who (whether he wanted to or not) has inspired and emboldened people to hate their neighbor, because we have decided that our needs are more important than our values I cannot just “get on board.”
When I see my government engaged in what can only be described as barbaric treatment of a people group whose land we stole to begin with I cannot just trust that it will all work out.
When my Church looks so much more like an exclusive members only club than a movement of people who were meant to be different in all the ways that matter I cannot just fit in.
When my nation refuses to accept that there is an unbalanced, racially slanted system of injustice that has merely changed it’s mask I won’t stay ignorant of its existence or tolerant of its perpetrators.
So I start with speaking my heart, instead of my mind.
I continue by educating myself, not only by learning from sources that agree with me, but by engaging all sides of the coin. The truth will always be the truth, and I usually find it somewhere in the tension between the “facts”. My education, however, cannot stop with facts. I will become a student of my fellow man. I will care when it is inconvenient and get involved where I don’t have to or probably shouldn’t. When I see injustice I will stand with those who are suffering, even if it knocks me down a peg. And MOST IMPORTANTLY, I will live a life, rather than just write a blog or article, that my children will read. One that tells them that putting others before themselves may or may not put them at a disadvantage in this world, but that this world is not what it has ever been about.