Today was one of those busy days, lots of running around with errands and a grand finale of stopping at the grocery store for just a few items. I found a parking spot quite quickly and made my way to the store entrance when I was approached by someone carrying a sign…I was about to be asked to boycott the store in an attempt to stand up for the rights of the employees. Super inconvenient…I’m talking super-duper. As I was walking back to my car to go 20 minutes out of my way to buy 2 items I heard this woman yelling at the young adults holding signs that she was already there to shop and wasn’t going out of her way. This made me think and think hard about how we as a society cannot often be bothered to go out of our way to help someone (especially someone we do not know) or take a stand against injustice, which requires action, if it interferes with something we’d rather do. Many times I have seen friends comment on Facebook how they get more likes for a post about a dinner they made than something about social justice issues. I’ve had that happen to me as well, heck I have even scrolled past stuff I should probably take a second look at. Is this a reflection of our society as a whole? Maybe.
People can’t be bothered to go to rallies, protest, etc. unless it directly affects them. We must stop this. We must begin to fight for others, stand up for what is right, reject apathy, and actually love one another.
We want a better world, but are we willing to do something about it? We complain that we are being taken advantage of or that elected officials are not really representing the people, but their own selfish gain, but what do we do about it? We see that there are millions of people enslaved in the world today, yet go about our lives giving no second thought to it. Believe me, I certainly have my moments when I wrestle with doing something right simply because it is inconvenient, but if we don’t…then who will? Fighting for what is right, for justice, for love is often inconvenient and often “out of our way,” but think about this…Jesus went out of His way to fight for us…I mean really out of His way. He left heaven to come to earth, to lay His life down for the hearts of people who would be desperately thankful and those who would adamantly oppose Him.
If no one will go out of their own way to help another then the world becomes quite the lonely, desolate and depressing place…something God never intended.
Justice and love are always worth the fight. Always.