“It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters.”-Mother Teresa
There are 27 million slaves in the world today. Almost 16 thousand children will die today from hunger-related causes. About 650 thousand people die of malaria each year. Our world is a messed up place. Something needs to change. If you are a Christian, you may want to change the world because of the Bible’s calls for justice for the oppressed. Either way, however, you are human. Because you are human, you recognize that no helpless individual should have to work in dark rooms for hours on end with no chance of escape for the profit of their owners. Because you are human, you probably know that since there is enough food in the world for everyone, no child should have to die because they can’t get that food. Because you are human, you realize that no one should die for not having money to buy a life-saving mosquito net or vaccination. This blog is not intended to prove to you that these injustices are in fact unjust. It is to show you how to look at something you see as unjust and begin to stop that thing from happening.
One of the things that was and is the hardest for me in my attempt to live out this call for justice is that I felt like I did not have a lot to offer. So many stories in the following pages and anywhere else you look seem to highlight the stars of social justice. But, you do not need to be exceptional to do something exceptional. The amazing thing about God is he uses our weaknesses to make Himself shine all the more. You can help stop these things, and any other atrocity, from happening. You are not too young, too old, too poor, too stupid, too busy, or too (insert excuse here). In the words of modern-day abolitionist Zach Hunter, who started his anti-slavery work at the age of 12, “God wants to change the world through painfully ordinary people”. God can and will use you to do amazing things. You just have to take the first step. This blog is simply here to help you do that.
Over the course of my entire life, I have wanted to “help” people. I volunteered different places, raised money and donated to different foundations, and tried to serve in any way possible. However, I found that a lot of my efforts were futile and a lot of my help unneeded. I see now that God was using those experiences to shape me for the future. However, I realized through talking with others that the desire to serve is by no means exclusive to me. Many people desire to change the world, but with the magnitude of world problems, it is quite the daunting task. Therefore, many people either find that it is too much for them to do and take on an unbecoming state of apathy, or they try to do everything alone and end up burnt out. I believe, however, that since God calls us in Isaiah 1:17 to seek justice and do good, that there is a way to live this out that does not end in a state of apathy or fatigue. That is why I am writing this blog. I by no means have all of the answers and never will, and the opinions expressed in the following pages are not exclusively mine, but through experience and research, I believe that there are ways for individuals to make positive changes in the world and live out God’s call to defend the oppressed. Living out this call will not be easy, but it will be beneficial, and I believe crucial, to seeing pieces of God’s kingdom on Earth.
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