At a certain point in our lives, we must make the brave decision to do what is right. Not just for the betterment of our own individual lives, but for the common good. Because if we consciously know some of our brothers and sisters are made to suffer by an overtly corrupt system, how then can we say “all is well within my soul“? It can’t be. It mustn’t be. Life cannot be just about preserving the wellbeing of self.
Christ endured the weight and pain of the world for the sake of all mankind. He advocated for the weak, the oppressed, the brokenhearted, the outcast, the hurt. As a believer, He has called me to not just say I’m a believer, but to believe with all my heart, mind, and soul and (as a result) to act accordingly.
I’m reminded not to just show up online as a facade of solidarity, but to actually act upon being a true alley – first, with a Kingdom perspective, and second with a desire to learn and advocate for macro-level societal change.
I implore us all to not give up on the fight for justice and freedom for all – including the spiritual and physical sense. Let’s lead by example, not by hate. Let’s have diverse conversations and seek to understand others. Our voices and actions yield great potential for impactful change… so what will we decide to do? Who will we become? What will we live and die for?
I don’t know all the answers for myself, but I do know that life is more than just me… and I hope that in the wake of change, I would not lose this momentum to fight for truth and equality for all. I write as a reminder to myself to not give up when life becomes overwhelming and change seems slow to come. Life continues to take me off guard and if 2020 has taught me anything, it’s taught me to let go of control and trust God with the future.
I’m not sure what more to say, so I’ll end with a bible verse that has stuck with me all throughout college and seems most relevant to my life now:
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” – Micah 6:8 ESV