There’s a command in the Psalms. God says, “Be still and know I am God.” It’s not written in the midst of a sunny day sitting on the beach without a care in the world, it’s written in the middle of war. And yet, God commands that we know that HE is God – and WE are not. It’s a reminder to pause in the midst of all that happens in the world and remember who is in charge and who is in control.
The #Kony2012 campaign has picked up a lot of momentum – and many young Christians have thrown their support behind it. Their Facebook spam and event invitations are overwhelmingly loud. Whether or not this movement keeps momentum, there is something to learn from it, especially about young people: if you inspire them to care, and give them a clear way to mobilise, then they will care and they will move.
This generation are being told that they can change the world by pressing ‘like’ and ‘share’ on Facebook, and while it might do something, I think there’s a much more powerful action to take – something that will change the world in a huge way that none of us would ever expect.
How about we pray? How about we still ourselves in the social media chaos and pray for those who are being oppressed and harmed? How about be so bold as to pray for Kony?
Inspiring youth to care is important, but imagine the power of a prayerful movement of teenagers who know and love God, want to see the gospel go out and are willing to mobilise and move – but also confident that often we need to be still, and know that God is God… and we’re not.
Stop. Be still. Close Facebook for a moment. Pray.