Are we more in love with the idea of changing the world
than actually changing the world?
by Eugene Cho
Foreword by Donald Miller
I never really think about justice. Sure I follow A21 and Bob Goff and other great organizations who are pursuing justice for the enslaved, sex trafficked, unfortunate, underfed and mistreated. They fill my news feed. I support a beautiful girl in Ethiopia and I am moved when I hear stories about people rescued and restored. But I never really think about justice.
This book is open and honest. Cho makes himself vulnerable. He shares his struggles, his doubt, his questions. He takes the reader on his journey that follows his desire to change the world. He shapes his passion and shares stories and lessons that helped him get to a point where he could pursue his dreams. Dreams of bringing justice to the world with the right motives, knowledge about the people he was helping, and in a way that clearly brings glory to God.
It was humbling. Compelling. Convicting. It made me pause and contemplate how I live my life. How I give, serve, act. Cho says “I believe you cannot credibly follow Christ unless you pursue justice.” Because Jesus was all about justice. In Luke 4:18-19 Jesus says: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Jesus cared about justice. That’s why he was here. To set people free. To serve the poor. To heal the sick. If we want to be more like Christ, we need to care more about justice. We have to want justice and want to change the world because God loves justice. Justice reflects God’s character. Jesus never drew attention to himself. But beyond caring, we need to take action. We need to DO something. So many people blog and tweet and change their profile pictures to reflect that they care about justice. They are taking a stand. They are talking loud. But that’s where it stops.
What are you passionate about? Do you want wells for people without water, food for the homeless, freedom for the enslaved, medical care for the sick? What tugs at your heart? What are you doing about it? Actions speak louder than words. This book is about moving your words into action. About actually doing something to change the world instead of just talking about it.
“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.” Mother Teresa
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