“If it’s not happening it’s because you’re not doing it.”
It’s funny how we can reduce books—chock full of ideas—down to soundbites. I once read Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat. All 600 pages of it. It’s a great book about globalization and technology in the 21st century, and a couple years after reading it, this is what sticks with me:
To affect social change these days is “so easy, so cheap and so readily available to even the smallest player that I would throw down the gauntlet to today’s generation: if it’s not happening, it’s because you’re not doing it.”
Though this quote could come across as condemning, it actually makes me feel empowered. The opportunities available to me and my generation to shape history are immense and unprecedented. I often say that whatever your excuse is, it isn’t good enough. But if we look at the current technological landscape, the honest truth is: we have no excuse.
Want to be a part of giving clean drinking water to the 1.2 billion people who need it desperately? You can do that here.
Or maybe you want to be a part of ending slavery in India. You can start by getting involved here.
The other night, a colleague (KB) and myself addressed a small group of fellow YWAMers. The gist of the message was that God is calling all of us to be advocates. We harkened back to one example in particular: William Wilberforce, the man credited with ending the slave trade in Britain.
God is calling all of us as Christ-followers to be advocates: for the poor and the oppressed, for the widows, and the orphans.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy. (Prov. 31:8-9)
We are all called as Christ-followers to be advocates, like Wilberforce was.
Will we take advantage of the immense opportunities set before us and take God up on this call?
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