#Kony2012 & what’s missing in this movement.

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. 

 

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One thought on “#Kony2012 & what’s missing in this movement.

  1. Thanks for this Tamara. I havent had a chance to look at the Kony thing yet, but am a little tired of it spamming my feed. It is possibly for real and a serious thing but I totally agree with you on this one. I posted in our young adults page that serious stuff like death and illness is happening to people close to us in our church family and to please pray for them. In an attempt not to judge, I am a little disappointed that only two people ‘liked’ this however the page has been spammed no less than 4 times with the Kony link within 24 hours. Serious issue or not.. my hope is that the youth/young adults grow in the area of prayer and not so much about hitting a like button and share a link when they could take the half an hour and spend it in prayer. Oh, and how about really getting involved on a personal level in making a change in the community that they live in.
    (btw – no judgement here on fb use.. Im always on there)

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