I just watched the documentary God Grew Tired of Us and it has left me wondering a few things, mostly out of being convicted about my own life:
1) Where are the Christians for Sudan? We often forget that it is the northern part of Sudan and the Islamic Sudanese government that is attacking Christians in southern Sudan. Not that it would be okay if the Southern Sudanese were not Christians as genocide is horrible regardless of the target, but as Christians these are our brothers in Christ. We forget that we have more in common with a Christian in Sudan whom we have never met than we do with a blood relative who does not believe. If I knew my naturally born brother were in trouble in one of those nations, I would do all I could within my power to help him. These victims are our spiritual brothers and sisters in Christ. We will see them in Heaven one day and we will celebrate with them, but why aren’t we doing more now?
There are multiple mega-churches dotting the landscape of the United States. There are churches that are attempting to put together building projects that they really don’t need. There are Christians who feel unhappy and unfulfilled at their jobs because they feel they are doing nothing for society. Couldn’t we use our vast wealth to help our brothers in Christ over in Sudan? Even in our economic downturn, even in our hardest times, we are substantially more wealthy than most of the world. Couldn’t these Christian businessmen who feel unfulfilled begin to go over and help with the orphans, help teach, and help bring comfort to the Sudanese refugees? Though Christians are doing a little, couldn’t we do a lot more?
2) In the movie some of the refugees come over to America and their experience is documented. They don’t know how to acclimate. They don’t understand the American culture. They struggle with the American way of life. Ultimately, they feel lonely.
I’m positive there are ways to find out if a political refugee has moved into your area. If anyone finds a way, let me know. Shouldn’t we be inviting them into our homes? Almost every single one of the men in the movie hadn’t seen their families since they were little boys. Why can’t we find these refugees in our community and be their family? We shouldn’t treat them as charity cases, but instead as family, because that is who they are.
3) Study the history of the conflict (spoiler: Islam began the conflict…shocking) and educate yourself on it and then do something about it. I’m so tired of all this, “Raise awareness” garbage. It doesn’t matter if someone is aware of something, do something about it if you’re aware of it. “Being aware” makes positively no sense to me; if all I am is aware of a tragedy but elect to do nothing to fix the tragedy, no matter how miniscule my contribution, then I am partaking in the evil by ignoring the evil.
These are real human beings who are going through real suffering. Even if we can’t fly over to Sudan and help (or whatever part of the world is suffering), we can have our churches get together and send someone who is willing. We can financially support that person. We can find political refugees in our communities and reach out to them and be a family to them. As Christians, that is part of our calling. I am just as guilty as anyone else as I have done nothing to help the situation, but now I want to do what is within my power to help bring about change for the better.