Thursday, March 8, 2012

Kony 2012

 "It’s bad for the world if we fail." – Luis Moreno Ocampo, prosecutor for International Criminal Court

It’s amazing how many different voices you will hear in response to one cause. The first voice says what an amazing technological breakthrough this is, to attempt to bring Joseph Kony to justice for using child soldiers in Uganda. Then the second voice chimes in, wondering how much money really goes to Uganda and if this even will help – or if this is all just some hoax.

Maybe it’s because our Bible study group just started reading Kelly Minter’s study on Nehemiah, who had a heart who broke for others. Maybe it’s because I’ve read about the child soldiers in Uganda and followed the stories. Or maybe it’s just because I see the injustice of what Kony has done to these children and want to do something, anything, even if it’s small.

I had a discussion with my coworker about this film earlier this morning. She called it a “hoax.” I asked her how it could be a hoax – Invisible Children is a (fairly) legit organization. She couldn’t answer (Though I did address that a majority of the money goes back to the IC organization and not to Uganda, which is usually people’s biggest problem).

Yes, the war has been subdued, but Kony is still out there. And if we can do just something to bring him to justice, isn’t that worth doing?

People are getting smarter and smarter at realizing that, for the majority, governments and politicians and such are not good vs. evil. It’s gray matter. If you want to get into politics (and, frankly, I really don’t) I like a lot of things that Republicans do. And I like a lot of things that the Democrats do. Heck, I even like some Libertarian ideas. It’s not that one party is good and the other is evil. But while Kony is evil…what can our government or the Uganda government do that will save the most children? Because let’s remember, when this guy’s been cornered, he uses children as shields. How do you fight that?

Here’s my suggestion. Watch the video. Be aware. But do something. If you’re a Christian, pray about it to determine what you feel the best course of action is. Maybe you think donating money to IC or some other cause is the best idea. Maybe you want to help IC’s cause of making Joseph Kony famous. Maybe you want to call your senator and/or congressmen and tell them that the American government needs to stop fighting each other and band together to figure out a solution to bring Kony to justice and assist the victims in housing and education. Maybe you feel that praying for these children is your course. Just do something. Because, despite some critics who say differently, doing something is better than nothing.

“It’s hard to look back on some parts of human history, because when we heard about injustice, we cared, but we didn’t know what to do. Too often we did nothing, but if we’re going to change that, we have to start somewhere.” –from “Kony 2012”


Mari said...

I saw this on Facebook yesterday. I don't think it's a hoax and if nothing else it opens our eyes to what happens in the world.

Brooke said...

its incredible how Christians and nonChristians alike are reposting this. its about time we started waking up and doing *something*

(although you make a great point about how battling this man would be difficult)

misti said...

Couldn't have said it better.

You don't have to donate money to the organization to support the idea behind them. And I haven't seen them begging for money. Their stated goal was to raise awareness and boy did they!

I can't help but wonder what would happen if a video (made as emotionally-appealing as this campaign's was) could share the gospel in such a viral way as this.

Anonymous said...

My oldest sent me this video and I set it aside. I have heard little and overlooked much. We finally discussed it after reading your post which lead us to watch the video at the kitchen table. It left me without words and open heart. I so want to grab that kit and join this fight. We cannot just sit back and watch this evil prevail. Thank you so much for your obedience in sharing this post and calling us to respond!

Sara@iSass said...

Was watching this video yesterday, hubby came over and we sat there, couldn't look away. I bought each of us a bracelet, then the firestorm of she-it came. The articles saying hoax, money grubbers...and it ticked me off! Look IC didn't say They were going to get rid of the guy with the money sent to them, they said they would do everything to make people AWARE of who this creeper is, it takes money to print, pay people for their time,'s not like they are installing gold facets and toilet bowls in their homes. As a Christian, As an American I can not sit by and watch this video and not be called to action, my first thought, gimme a gun, I'll go jungle hunting...then I simmered down , I will wear the bracelet, I will tell everyone I meet " hey, you know Kony? That baby killer in Uganda? "
Great post.

the domestic fringe said...

I just watched this video the other and I shared it on facebook. I got a myriad of comments, like you say, everyone has a different opinion. I just can't get these kids out of my mind. I feel like something MUST be done. You just can't ignore something so terrible.

I'm glad you chose to spread the word.