I want to do all I can to work for justice in the world.
On this blog, I’ve written frequently about the evil of human trafficking. It is an evil I never heard about growing up. Over the past years more and more people have become aware of it, which is a good thing. Ending slavery in the world is a good goal to strive for.
I want to work to end slavery not because it is the cool thing to do right now, but because it is the right thing to do.
I may never have heard about human trafficking growing up, but I did hear about the evil of aborting living babies in the womb. To this day I continue to be pro-life, believing the unborn have rights that ought to be recognized.
That said, I do not write blog posts about it like I do about human trafficking.
I realize that if I claim to be a follower of Jesus and I claim to care about helping the least of these, the weak and the oppressed, this help cannot be limited to one particular issue or group. If I care about girls being forced into prostitution who are raped over and over again each night, I need to care for unborn girls. Likewise, if I care for unborn children my care should not stop when they are born but should flow into care that they receive adequate and affordable health care, good living conditions and so on.
I write this today because a friend of mine asked if I was being silent about the Kermit Gosnell case. A lot of people, the vast majority of the media, have been silent about it. This silence motivated the writing of this article, “Philadelphia Abortion Clinic Horror” in the USA Today. Many of my friends have posted this article on Facebook today. I found one article, from Slate titled “Kermit Gosnell: The Alleged Mass-Murderer and the Bored Media,” that was a sort of response, agreeing that the media has been too silent.
It is a horror. This man should spend the rest of his life behind bars.
I want to do all I can to work for justice in the world…and so often I feel helpless.
Whether it is world poverty, human trafficking, abortion or something else, I feel helpless. What can I do? Is there something more I can do than just post a Facebook status or vote once every few years? Donating money to worthy organizations is good, but almost too easy.
The silence may have been broken, but what do I do now? Do I continue with my life, feeling a sense of satisfaction that I posted something on social media? Is that what it means to work for justice in the 21st century? Or is there something more?