by: Staci Landis
Injustice. Poverty. Hunger. Corruption. War. Fear.
These words sink deep into the depths of my soul. Not the mere words, but the meaning of these words. Our world lives and breathes these words. But not everyone truly understands or experiences them as their own reality.
These words are the description of many people's existence. Maybe some of us have been in a place in life where we have experienced a level of poverty or hunger or corruption or injustice. But for many around the world that IS their life. It is all they have ever known.
I've heard many say that they don't watch the news anymore because it is so depressing. Yes, it is. But it is often times the true reality of the state of our world. As depressing as the news can be, it is very difficult for me to ignore it.
To turn a blind eye away or cover my ears...Is that any better? What does that say about me? What does that say about us? What does that say about humanity? What does that say about followers of Christ?
I admit. World issues of poverty, hunger, injustice, corruption are so incredibly complicated. These issues usually have more to do with various forms of oppression and control. The issues can seem so far removed from our everyday lives that even if we wanted to help, we have no idea where to start. We have no idea who to trust. We have no idea how to take part in helping with global issues from our safe, comfortable lives.
Often times, we cannot relate. We cannot fully understand. We cannot grasp the enormity of it all. We cannot believe that one person can make a difference. And even if one person could make a difference, that person couldn't possibly be "me".
My heart hurts. My heart aches. My soul screams.
Every time I walk into a grocery or clothing store full of more than any of us could ever want or need.
Every time I sit down to eat at a restaurant.
Every time I see dumpsters and trash cans full of wasted food, household items, treasures, toys, etc.
Every time I watch television and entertainment.
EVERY TIME I WALK INTO MY OWN HOUSE.
What do I do? What do WE do?
What are we supposed to do?!
We still have to "live".
We have to feed our families.
We have to provide shelter for our families.
We have to clothe our families.
But what else do we "have" to do?
I'm being completely honest. My soul is so troubled by all of this. It hurts and aches...often.
But I am leaning into Jesus. Trusting his guidance. His leading. Because He is serious.
“And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me." Matthew 25:45 NLT