I have often felt somewhat alone in Christian circles as a woman who feels called to write about issues of social justice. However, over the past several months, I have begun to meet a number of women who share my passion, some in the flesh but many more via their on-line writing. One of these women is Julie Clawson who is the author of “Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of our Daily Choices.” While most of my insights arise out of the context of the inner city, I recognize that the injustices I witness pale in comparison to the suffering of people around the world.
In a post titled “Caring While We Still Can” which appears on Julie Clawson’s site One Hand Clapping, Julie brings the stark images of gang rape and child molestation directly to us. However, rather than simply leave us with the horrific images, Julie challenges us stating:“While America is in a dither about being offended by the presence of Muslims in our midst, this is what is happening in the world right now. We talk about fearing terrorism, but this is terrorism in the flesh. At some point we have to move beyond talk. We have to stop watching films like Hotel Rwanda just so we can seem caring and enlightened at our church “God at the Movies” night, and start working to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Hatred, power, and money are all still fueling atrocities – we have to get over our poor track record of only caring about such things in hindsight. Feeling bad about the Holocaust, or Rwanda, or Bosnia, or Japanese internment camps is trendy years later. What takes guts is standing up and doing something about such things as they happen. That is never popular, and will get you called some nasty names as you encourage society to change and care. But what does it say about the state of our souls if we don’t at least try?”
Julie goes on in her post to provide us with several ways we can help fight against the forces that create the injustices she has writes about. Julie’s suggestions require that we think about the systemic causes of injustice and challenge us to link our own behavior with these unintended outcomes. I hope you all will read the full article and prayerfully consider how we as Christians can respond.