The sheer volume of social issues demanding our attention today can be overwhelming. From racism, climate change, and poverty to the rights of women and refugees, it’s hard to know where to direct our energy. Especially in a digital age where social media amplifies both awareness and contention, leading us into endless cycles of online debates.
The dilemma many of us face is this: In a world filled with so many causes, how do we select where to channel our passion without becoming apathetic?
1. Begin with what’s in front of you. Drawing inspiration from Jason Fileta and Scott Bessenecker, veterans in the realm of social justice, it’s clear that one doesn’t need to tackle every injustice simultaneously. Sometimes, the most significant causes appear right in front of us, guided by divine intervention.
Consider the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). We are reminded not to bypass the immediate needs around us while racing towards larger causes. Sensitivity to everyday acts of kindness and justice is just as crucial as joining bigger movements.
2. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals. The journey towards justice can be daunting. However, finding a community that shares your zeal can make the path less solitary. Remember, even King Solomon highlighted the strength in unity, writing, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12)
3. Strive for balance. Justice work can be all-consuming, and it’s not uncommon for people to burn out. Recalling God’s design for the Sabbath, Bessenecker reminds us that regular rest can be rejuvenating and increase our overall output for our causes.
4. Prioritize spiritual nourishment. Fileta admits that he too experiences feelings of exhaustion and overwhelm. Yet, drawing strength from prayer and spiritual connection rejuvenates him. In our battles for justice, we should never underestimate the power of faith to renew our spirit.
5. Accept that setbacks will occur. Mistakes are part of growth. Whether it’s a campaign that didn’t get traction or a conversation that went south, setbacks happen. The key is to trust in God’s larger plan, rest, and bounce back with even more determination.
6. Commit to tangible actions. Awareness is a great starting point, but true change requires tangible actions. Here are some actionable steps to consider:
- Animal Rights: Consider fostering animals or volunteering at local shelters.
- Environmental Justice: Embrace sustainable choices, like carpooling or supporting organizations focused on climate justice.
- Human Trafficking: Educate yourself on the signs and report suspicious activities.
- Poverty: Connect with and assist families in need within your community.
- Pro-Life/Pro-Choice: Engage in constructive dialogues, finding common ground to reduce the need for abortions.
- Racial Justice: Befriend individuals from diverse backgrounds, advocate for just laws, and support policies that ensure transparency and protection.
- Refugees: Partner with organizations aiding refugees and assisting in their local integration.
- Women’s Rights: Advocate for policies that protect victims of domestic violence.
The path to justice and change isn’t easy, and it can often feel overwhelming. But by focusing our energies, surrounding ourselves with support, and continually drawing from our faith, we can indeed make a difference in the world.