Thursday, September 12, 2013

What Do You Do with the Tough Stuff?

It's not a secret that I'm passionate about social issues and justice for the oppressed. I often post or share articles on Facebook or on my blog about some of the sad, and even horrendous things going on in our world and our country... why do I, and others, post such things? They are hard to read. They disturb us. Sometimes they make us feel sick to our stomachs. Why spread those around for other people to see?

I do it on purpose. But believe me, I don't do it to make people feel depressed about our world. As a believer in Jesus Christ, I believe that he has overcome the world! We don't have to fear and feel defeated, because we aren't - we know how the "story of life" ends - with Christ's victory! I do however, want to become aware of what is going in the world. Jesus has asked us to move in his name, to DO something to help those in need.  If we aren't aware of what is going on, we often forget about what many people in world are dealing with right now. How are we supposed to reach out to the hurting if we don't know who the hurting people are? How can we stand up for righteousness and wage war with evil if we don't know the tactics of the enemy? Sometimes we need to get wake up calls and get pulled out of our comfort zones. 

So when I read an article like I described, how should I deal with it? What do I do? I can close my computer and walk away feeling sad, disgusted, angry. That won't help too much.  Or, I can take those feelings of anger, and pray about it. Wage some war in the spiritual realm. Pray that God will intervene in people's lives; that He will come to their rescue.  Sometimes we forget how much good our little prayers can do. And you know, if I really feel passionate about something I read, I can go take some action, or pray for someone who is already doing it.

It's hard to pray about something when you don't know anything about it. How do you treat a sick person without knowing how they are sick? If you can know a little more about someone's life, about what they are going through, about the lies behind it, you can pray much more specifically about a situation. And you can also act accordingly.

Of course, as with everything, there needs to be balance. I'm not going to read everything out there that I see that's awful and horrifying. I don't want to fill my mind and spirit with ungodliness.  As the Bible says, we want to be thinking of things that are true, noble, right, pure, excellent, praiseworthy. We should be filled with those things; filled with his word and his life; his goodness, his grace. And truthfully, there are some things that we might read or see that could make us stumble. We have to be careful. We just don't want to shut out the world and what is happening in it.

That's why I share the things I do. I'm not trying to make us all feel worse than we already sometimes feel, I'm trying to make people aware, help us not be ignorant to the things of the world that so desperately need our prayer and our help.  


1 comment:

  1. Well said Jenni. I love your empathy and lack of apathy.