Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Washington D.C. Part III : When the Party's Over...
We all know how it goes: we attend an informational meeting about Darfur, or Invisible Children, or some other cause and we get inspired... for 4 days. Then we slip back into are textbooks, exams, Facebooking, socializing, Gmaling, etc. and forget all about it. Although our sympathy remains, we are busy-bodies and simply don't know what we can do to help.
To start seeing with the same kind of vision as the remarkable people who form the WFDA, I would encourage you to become more informed about what the WFDA is doing as well as other organizations worldwide. Any website you visit is going to have ample info on how to get involved. (see the bottom for links)
A few weeks ago marked the 40th anniversary of the loss of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While we mourn his death and celebrate his life we are reminded that there is still much work to be done in our world. One of my favorite quotes from Dr. King is:
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
To refuse to accept the starless midnight, as Dr. King proclaims, does not simply mean that you condemn it, it means that you change it. Until the daybreak of peace and justice becomes the reality for the 2.5 billion people in this world who live in poverty we must be, as King encouraged, be agents of change, not merely critics.
Micah 6:8 - He has shown you O man what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To do justice, love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.
The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time by Jeffrey D. Sachs
Everything Must Change by Brian D. Mclaren
Women, Faith and Development Alliance
World Hope International
Islamic Relief USA
Whole Planet Foundation
The ONE Campaign