Friends on Facebook know that I often share posts highlighting injustice. And I have written blog posts prompted by claims that ‘austerity’ is working. But in the face of injustice, with a government that shows no sign of compassion, and with years to the next general election, doesn’t this just breed despair and helplessness: “It’s too big a problem, and what can a single human being do to change things?” So why do I speak out about injustice?
- To grumble and whinge? No
- To cry out for change? Yes
- To educate that it is indeed injustice? Yes
- To encourage readers to ask “what can I do?” Definitely.
Many years ago a wise man said “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.” He was speaking in a time of great injustice, under a government that brooked no dissent. There was no changing the system, but he was calling every person to make a difference. He was challenging the culture of the day. That is what I hope to achieve.
I choose not to follow the culture of self-interest and greed endemic today, where we are expected to make all decisions on the basis of maximising our personal income. I try to make life decisions on what is good and right, and that includes recognising that I have “two shirts”. I long for the wealthy to recognise the same.
But where does the strength come from to be counter-culture? It does not come from the media, or from political leadership. It comes from the one that the wise man served.
Do you want to make a difference? Then begin. Choose goodness. Choose love. Transfer your allegiance from the culture of selfishness to the one who is supreme goodness; the one whose birthday the world is celebrating.
Have a great Christmas!