There has been, is, and will be so much more said about the latest effort in social justice to sweep High School and College campus' in the US, and even made it to the CBS Morning Show this AM, USA Today and many more news agencies. If you don't know what I'm talking about it, it's the newest craze at Taco Bell, The Locos Tacos.
No, on a serious note, it is the massive attempt at public awareness of to make known the atrocities of Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army.
I will tell you my personal views on the motives and marketing and money making behind the effort of Kony2012 (which at the writing of this is up to over 32 million views in less than 4 days). Don't get me wrong, justice needs to be served. Yes, I will say it, someone who commits such heinous acts must face justice, and in this case I would vote immediate death. Whether it be being eaten by a pride of lion, trampled by a herd of elephant, or whatever the method. Just so we're clear on the whole thing.
I want to make three observations that I haven't heard mentioned yet by all the bloggers in support or from the ones who are more critical of the effort.
1. All I can really say is this is some brilliant marketing being done by Invisible Children. In a time in our world where EVERYONE has a megaphone, everyone is watching youtube video, and everyone is wanting to make a difference...this is a brilliant method for them to raise TONS of $$$ (what they actually do with it and how they choose to REALLY help, i don't know. -Clarification: 'everyone' mentioned here is 13-24 year olds -i would imagine the facebook stats on those in this braket sharing this video would be huge.) Their timing could not be more perfect...in 2011 the Time person of the year was The Protester. People are always looking for a cause to stand for.
2. -Kony2012, the method or maddness behind the naming and labeling of this effort. All I wanna say about this is, imagine what happens when a Ugandan child (who has just been adopted or came to the USA as a refugee) goes out on the streets on April 20, after the attempted mass poster blanketing, he sees the face and name of a man who he's had nightmares about, heard stories about, and lost hours of sleep in fear and hiding from. This poster is in the same color as all of the other political signs for presidential candidates, is iconic with his name and face, imagine the fear that would strike in this person's life. -All for the sake of the North American young adult trying to make a statement.
-what if in 1945 people got the same idea and scheme. Hitler1945, we want to make him famous so he can be tried and removed from power. I can see the t-shirt slogans now "Hail Hitler? No. To Hell with Hitler!" Or BinLaden2011? Yeah, don't think that's happening. #justsayin They were already famous for their actions. I'm just saying, I don't agree with the method.
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3. "To make Kony famous", is the charge of this movement. This is really where my beef is with Kony2012 and students blindly jumping in on this cause. To make Kony famous? I am at shock and awe as to see how fast people are to jump on board. Pledging their money, time, and efforts...for a cause of injustice. But as one Ugandan blogger says, "Africa is not short of problems, epidemics and atrocities. But it is also true that it is not short of miracles, ingenuity, and a proclivity to surprise." We will always have social justice issues, diseases, epidemics and wars. Should we stand by idley and just watch when we are made aware of such issues? No.
-My concern is that in the last 24 hours, I've seen and heard numerous conversations about this, 'make Kony famous!" What about the God you follow, Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit? How hard are you trying to make His name famous (Isaiah 26:8 "-your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.")?
-How quick people are to to offer money, wear the t-shirt, hang up the posters, and talk about the cause? It's popular and everyones doing it. But how slow and effortlessly are lives lived being vocal to proclaim the greatness of our God and make His name famous?
-God knows about Joseph Kony and all he is doing. How about making this a matter of prayer in your personal life? For the people who live in fear, for the people who have been affected by his evil actions, for the girls who have been placed in sex service, for the child militia who have been brain washed and drugged and had their continuos removed, etc. Pray and ask God to intervine and what or if you should do anything.
My goal in my life is to make ONE name famous. Above my own name, above my children's, above any presidential candidate, cultural villain or celebrity. That at that one name "God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." -Philippians 2:10
You wanna make someone famous? Start with God and what He's done and doing. Start there.
Christ Follower, Husband, Father, Student Pastor, and Lover of all things Garlic and Bacon.