Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the Lord your God is giving you.
By now many of you have probably seen the following video plastered all over Facebook or on the internet; it has spread like wildfire in less than 48 hours and has reached hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, with the hope of fulfilling one goal: bringing Joseph Kony to justice.
It's a total bandwagon and I really hope you will join me in jumping on it.
Who is Joseph Kony? If you were able to answer this question prior to this 30-minute segment- a video produced by a group of young guys from Southern California who, 10 years ago, began sharing the stories of "invisible children" in Africa who are being oppressed, enslaved, demoralized, and murdered as a result of guerrilla soldier groups - then you are a rarity. For some, this is the first time you may be learning about the 26-year long war that has been devastating areas of central and northern Africa, and you're not alone.
After watching the video, I was moved, devastated, enraged, in awe, and infuriated... but not because I had never learned about the LRA, child soldiers, and the atrocities committed over time by this rebel group. No, I was outraged because I have read books (A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah), taken college history and political science courses, watched films (Ezra, 2007), and have the original Invisible Children documentaries sitting on our book shelf... but I still could not have told you much about "Joseph Kony". I felt ignorant and blind... "how has this been going on for a quarter century and nothing has been done to stop it?"... because we haven't known any better. The filmmakers understand this; their whole point is that most of the world is unaware of the scope of the damage and seriousness of the war, and that we've been kept in the dark. Their goal, simply, is to spread awareness and seek justice and an end to the war in that area of the world through one simple step: making Joseph Kony a household name.
"Making him famous" in 2012.
How are we going to do this?
Like so: spreading the news, sharing the video, representing our beliefs in a cause so much greater than ourselves within our own, tiny corner of the world. By using the venues we have: jobs, blogs, clubs, families, friends, communities... we can donate to the cause, we can volunteer our time, we can simply educate ourselves on recent history and current events...
we can "change the conversation of our culture".
"We have reached a crucial time in history where what we do or don't do, right now, will affect every generation to come. Arresting Joseph Kony will prove that the world we live in has new rules. That the technology that has brought our planet together is allowing us to respond to the problems of our friends". - Jason Russell