New articles are posted every day. New developments, criticisms of Invisible Children, rebuttals, and skeptical questions.
One site tells me it’s all a fake and about oil. Another says a co-founder of Invisible Children was arrested; yet another tries to justify the circumstances. Videos are posted of everyone’s opinions, no matter if they’ve done research or not.
We live in a technology focused world; one where anyone can post what they think - in an instant. We’re constantly pelted with more information, and half of it completely contradicts the rest of it. I feel like I’m completely on input overload. So much is being said about Joseph Kony, Kony 2012, and Invisible Children – so much, and yet at the same time, so little.
Before I get my own round of attacks here, I’m just going to be blunt and say that I don’t know everything. I haven’t read every article. I haven’t held interviews. One thing I do know though is that a lot of people are confused.
I am too. It’s hard to know what to believe. It’s also hard to know what to do. I see articles and photos like this, and I wonder what I could practically do.
How can I help? How can I be involved? What is my place? What can I possibly do? What’s the point of “being informed”? What’s the point of being informed when I can’t possibly impact anything?
Or can I?
Honestly, probably the only thing I can do is pray. I don’t say “only” to imply that it’s a small thing. It’s a huge thing. Prayer is huge; do we not realize that? Prayer is powerful; why do we so easily forget that?
It doesn’t matter what an organization has or hasn’t done; let’s face it, organizations are made up of imperfect people. It doesn’t matter if the facts are 100% right or if we’ve heard every side of the story; come on, it’s impossible to hit that target dead center on an issue that has impacted so much. It doesn’t matter if I’m here in America and they’re miles away; because guess what? This whole issue is just one example.
We don’t like to acknowledge that sometimes. I’ve noticed that we’ll focus on one event and give a lot of media and emotional attention to it, while ignoring others. Maybe to soothe our guilt about not acting? Maybe to pat ourselves on the back and check something off a list? It doesn’t really matter what the motivations are right now, that’s not what I’m focusing on. The point is: this happens.
So what am I saying here? Let’s look at a bigger picture.
There is brokenness; here and there. And everywhere. Admit it. We live in a fallen world where things are quite literally falling apart. Economies are collapsing, governments are corrupt and/or confused, storms and earthquakes wreck havoc – and we’re all kinda biting our fingernails wondering what’s next.
So what can I do? What should I do? I can pray for my enemies. I’d love to get to see Kony in heaven. Can you imagine what an amazing witness that would be?! God took a murderous persecutor and turned him into an apostle who wrote many of the books of the Bible; don’t you think He could do the same thing to a power-hungry and twisted warlord?
I would love to see a nation rebuilt. I would also love to see MY nation restored, because guess what? We’re just as screwy, just in our own ways (which are not so different.. but I’m not going to start a debate there). We’re not any better off because we’re a first-world country. No excuses.
No excuses. And that brings me back to a lesson I just heard about hypocrisy… Let’s apply it here and take a look for a second.
If we’re not willing to pray for the salvation of people like Joseph Kony, we’re just as judgmental as Jonah, who bitterly cried out to God for Him to destroy a city filled with people just because he (Jonah) thought they were unforgivable. Guess what? Lying is in the same category as killing people: sin. Kony sins, you sin, I sin. And you want judgment for him? You want him to not be forgiven? You want God to be fair and pay him back for all he did to the people of Uganda (just for starters)? Watch out. That would mean God would be fair to you too. You don’t want His wrath…
What are we doing? Are we crying out to God for the eternal condition of men like Joseph Kony? Or are we sitting on the hill looking down and praying for damnation and punishment?
I’m pleading that God give us His eyes to see others; even such “horrible people” (um, we all fit that category. Sin is sin). He says He loves everyone, and that He is not willing that any should perish. I believe that my merciful Father would forgive Joseph Kony, just as He forgave me. I want to see such people with His eyes; eyes that look at His image-bearers with love. Eyes that truly see everyone else as my neighbor; my neighbor that I am called to love as Christ loved me.
This is so not easy…
Please please please join me in prayer for Kony and people like him. For the countries that they impact. For the people left in their wake.
Prayer is powerful. Prayer makes a difference. Prayer is warfare. Let’s buckle up our armor and do war, because that’s what we’re called to do. That’s what I want to do.