We don’t all stand for the same things, but we can all stand against the same thing.
- the film/campaign from Invisible Children
Visible Children: We Got Trouble
Unmuted: You Don’t Have My Vote
- two of the most comprehensive pieces of criticism of KONY 2012
Invisible Children: Critiques
- Invisible Children’s response to the criticisms
A film gone viral seemed to have united the internet world for a cause within a matter of days; it was the most successful film in terms of raising awareness as of late, at least from what I remember.
But, as with all things famous, this campaign, too, soon faced criticisms - and these were mostly legitimate issues regarding the campaign.
These criticisms do not disagree with the need for action, but they sure do disagree with Invisible Children’s campaign and what it calls us to do.
So now we’re stuck.
I think we all have the responsibility to inform ourselves and make our own decisions.
Guard your steps when you go to the house of God.
Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.
Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God.
God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.
A dream comes when there are many cares, and many words mark the speech of a fool.
When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it.
He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.
It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it.
Do not let your mouth lead you into sin.
And do not protest to the temple messenger, “My vow was a mistake.”
Why should God be angry at what you say and destroy the work of your hands?
Much dreaming and many words are meaningless.
Therefore fear God
I was recently reminded of my need to be a doer of the Word rather than merely a hearer, so I told myself that I will apply what I read today.
I’ve been reading the letters, and today’s chapter was Philippians 2.
It said to value others better than myself and look to their interests rather than my own, pointing out that Jesus humbled Himself even to death on a cross.
Then it said, “…it is God who works in [me] to will and to act according to His good purpose,” (v.13).
To will and to act.
I thanked God for speaking to me today, and I prayed that He would lead me to consider others better than myself and look to their interests today, knowing that He works in me to will and to act.
I went to Subway for lunch with my youth kid currently living with me.
About halfway into my sub, I noticed a guy eating by himself about two tables away from me.
He had no laptop out, no earphones plugged, and no phone in hand; he was simply eating his meal.
He seems lonely. Why don’t you ask Him to join you?
I knew this was the Spirit working in me, but immediately I resisted.
"He’s already half-way done with his sub, we’re nearly done with ours, I have class soon, my youth kid will be uncomfortable, I’m crippled, etc…and he’ll probably say no anyways."
But I knew those weren’t reasons; they were excuses.
At the core, I did not want to step out of my comfort zone for this guy.
I was putting my interests first.
I struggled inside, but I did not want my spirit to win over my flesh.
He finished his meal, got up, looked up (at the sky? I don’t know), and walked out.
Oh, the expression on his face as he looked up!
I don’t know how to describe it…empty? weary?
Like someone joylessly accepting his lot…or someone about to begin the same meaningless routine again…I don’t know.
Maybe he would’ve said no; maybe he wanted to eat alone; maybe he was on a date with God.
But maybe he would’ve said yes!
Maybe he wanted company; maybe he hadn’t talked to anyone the whole day.
Maybe he needed someone’s ears to listen to him, someone’s mouth to talk to him, and someone’s heart to care for him.
Maybe he would’ve met Jesus today.
He was at work in me, and I resisted; I fought it off; I refused.
My spirit is weak.
I was sad…and even a little bitter.
Why hadn’t God worked in me to act?
Why work in me to will, only to be defeated by my own flesh?
Then I was sorry…and disgusted.
Sorry and disgusted that I was so very weak.
But yet He encourages me.
"I remember my affliction and my wandering,
the bitterness and the gall.
I well remember them,
and my soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness.”
- Lamentations 3:19-23
So I will begin anew tomorrow, and it will be different.
It most definitely shall be different.
This is worth being my first (and only?) reblog.
Amen to every single word said on it.
What Guys Think About Modesty.
Let’s make this world a little bit easier for our brothers in Christ. ^^
In my life as a Christian up to this point, dKim has been my biggest role model.
That’s interesting, because he was never my ministry leader or shepherd.
David Kim reflected Jesus’ character to me more than anyone else ever has.
Yes, SungHa was my most influential teacher in theology, but his character was more like that of Paul or Peter (or, as his new name suggests, Titus).
When I couldn’t really relate to WWJD, I subconsciously thought, ‘what would dKim do?’
And looking back, my walk with God was consistent when I followed through with WWdKD.
These are some of the things that I saw in David and learned/am learning from him:
- Post-it notes of Scripture on the wall to meditate and memorize
- Giving canned food to the homeless at traffic lights
- Greeting people properly (good eye contact, firm handshake, welcoming words: the 3 points of greeting, haha)
- Greeting everyone, not just the comfortable ones
- Actually learning the names of people (side note: he’s the only person in my 7 years in the youth group to have pronounced my last name correctly every single time; that meant more to me than words could express)
- Fasting in secret (and actually praying!)
- Fun but also firm in leading
- Balance between leading by example and leading by delegating
- Giving the pastor the respect as God’s chosen servant
- Genuine and honest praise for the Audience of One.
- A mindset for missions with practical ways of preparation
The amazing thing is that he didn’t intentionally teach me these things; I just picked them up from watching him during youth group, Inner City training and mission trips and such.
I am thankful for dKim’s influence.
I wish to be like him.
"…God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’"
SungHa most definitely had the greatest influence on me in terms of theology, or just simply getting me into the Word.
He took me in as his disciple in high school, and he poured out his time, energy, knowledge, love…basically his life to me.
He not only taught me what he knew, but also taught me how to study the Word for myself.
He always warned me not to take his words, or anybody else’s, to be unquestionably true, but rather to study the Scripture myself to validate them.
His passion for Christ was insane. For real.
He was bold, yet gentle; shameless, yet humble; truthful, yet merciful.
He feared God, not man.
He made me write my first “sermon” as a homework assignment.
He distinguished a disciple from a believer and led me to be the former as well as the latter.
Even to this day, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that he was my most influential teacher in the most needed time in my life.
And to my surprise, he remains the most eligible bachelor I know. ^^
One day, I wish to disciple a group of young men and leave the kind of influence he left and lead them to become disciples of Christ to be rewarded more highly than I will be.
He wished that for us, though that’s a long long way to catch up for me.
Thank you, sir.
"He was one of those rare men who lived what he believed, not once in a while, but every hour of every day, even when the going wasn’t easy. As gentle a man as he was, as tender as was his heart, there was nothing weak about Michael Hosea. He was the strongest-minded man Joseph had ever met. A man like Noah. A man like the shepherd-king, David. A man after God’s own heart."
- Redeeming Love