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Where’s the Blogging Outrage Against Injustice?

I’ve never called myself a blogger, even though I suppose I am. I don’t know…I’m not exactly trying to make a name for myself as a successful, monetized blogger mom.

I’m so intrigued by the blogosphere.

Something big happens on the Internet, and everyone with a URL tries to perfectly craft the 700 words that will be shared over and over again to grow their readership.

See: 50 Shades of Grey.

My friend said last week, “Hey, did you know there was a new movie coming out this weekend?” {and rolled eyes.}

I’m glad everyone felt such a strong need to stand up for purity in their relationships…even their married ones. Truly, I am. Go team.

But as my news feed is typically filled with such strong emotions about worldly movies and the Eternal Yoga Pants Saga, I expected there to be an equal if not greater outrage over the 21 Christians killed in Libya this week.

Apparently, though, we’re more passionate about pop culture than the actual lives of people being martyred across the globe.

And I’m left to wonder, Are our minds so small?

Are our prayers so limited to our safe, little homes?
Are our thoughts so focused on our safe, easy topics?
Are our actions so bound to our safe, simple love?

I suppose if we aren’t practicing building community with the person who lives next door to us, we aren’t really occupying much of our time dwelling on the atrocities in the Middle East or Northern Africa.

And so I cry out, ISN’T THERE MORE? 

How can we turn our faces to the hard things? How can we ignore what our fellow man is enduring in war-torn nations?

Maybe we have no words.
          Still, we can share the words of those who do.

Maybe we feel uneducated.
          Still, information is at our fingertips.

Maybe we are afraid.
          Still, don’t we don’t have a God of POWER…

It’s about time something shook us deep in our bones. It’s about time we had a wakeup call.

40 police and tribesmen burned alive in Iraq.
3 Muslim students murdered in North Carolina.
Reports of organ harvesting, threats of airstrikes, aftershocks of countless terrorizing events.

The world is in an uproar. Chaos is igniting all around us.

And are we really going to stay quiet about this?


If there was ever a time for us to find our voice…to stand up and say SOMETHING, have mercy…let it be now.

We have no business speaking out against how a man chooses to live his life if we aren’t willing to speak up in defense of his right to actually LIVE HIS LIFE.

Lord, forgive our misdirected attention.
Father, forgive our wasted passion.

My friends…

Let us not like, post, share the easy unless we’re willing to like, post, share the hard.

We can’t afford to be silent…not when it comes to Justice and Truth.

Let’s let the words of Jesus calm this storm again. And let’s be the people who share those kinds of words.


Please don’t run. Please look at these pictures.
Please pray for these faces, and the
masses of displaced and terrorized people they represent.

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Photos via CNN.

And I highly recommend this piece by Rachel Pieh Jones: Motherhood in the Age of Terrorism.



HeidiFebruary 19, 2015 - 9:33 am

Oh. This resonated deeply with me. I too was overwhelmed with the 50 Shades ugliness and the hypocrisy of it all. Thanks for sharing your heart.

Blessings to you,