What is Wrong With the World?

Earlier today Kels and I watched the Oprah show. Oddly, this season is the first season that I have actually watched her show on any consistent basis (we DVR the shows and watch them). Today we watched an older show from May. The show was commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Riders.

In a nutshell, the Freedom Rides were non-violent demonstrations coordinated by CORE (Congress on Racial Equality) in the 1960s during the turmoltous era of Jim Crow, racial bigotry and inequality. CORE members (made up largely of college students of many races and religions) decided that racial inequality could no longer be tolerated. They decided that this wrong could no longer go unchecked on their proverbial watch. Toward the end of the taping of this profound show, Oprah asked two questions that have stuck with me since I heard her utter them. She asked, (paraphrasing) "What is wrong with the world and what can you do to fix it?"

Those two simple, yet profound questions nag at my mind this very second. Those questions immediately bring to mind on of my favorite verses of scripture, Micah 6:8:

The LORD God has told us what is right and what he demands: "See that justice is done, let mercy be your first concern, and humbly obey your God." (Contemporary English Version)

They make me want to go out and give myself to something great! Like the Freedom Riders, I want to be willing to lay down my life for a fight that needs fighting. They make me want to fight the fight that may seem un-winnable but needs fighting. I want to see that justice is done. I want to know, like the Freedom Riders, that after this brief, fleeting and momentary life here on earth is finished that I made an impact.

It is hard to believe that only fifty years ago, Congressman John Conyers was beaten simply for trying to do something that I take for granted everyday: be seen as an equal; a man. Hundreds of brave Americans decided that inequality and marginalization could no longer be suffered. They decided that what was wrong with America was inequality, so they rode. The rode with the understanding that their very life might be the price that equality would demand. Knowing that--embracing that---they rode. They rode through the hate-filled south and decided to matter. They decided to be the voice, crying out in the darkness of hate and inequality for change. Damn it, change! They wrote their last wills and testaments and said, as Queen Esther said, "If I must die, I must die."

Equality for all is a fight that is worth fighting. Justice is a cause that is worth undertaking. Whenever people are dehumanized and caricatured, there is a problem; there is a wrong. I, for one, pray that I will never go along to simply get along. I pray that I will never allow my fears to dam the cries of justice from my lips as the Hoover does the waters of the Colorado River. Where there are injustices, I want to be a voice crying out for justice. Where there are inequalities, I want to be one--if the only one--fighting for equality. Lord, make it so.

What is wrong with the world; what can you do to fix it?

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1 comment :

rockinabbs29 said...

I finally got around to reading this blog. Really liked it. Agree with you. Although you know what my cause is.. fighting for the rights of the unborn. :) :) That is a passion in my heart and I will continue on this journey that I have started, even though I know most people this day and age are pro-choice. But anyway, my work at the Preg Care Center is a good step to be taking I guess.

PS- My favorite Bible verse is also Micah 6:8.. I aint lyin.. I first fell in love with that verse back when I was 11 or 12, I remember hearing it for the first time. Yeah we're cool like that ;)

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