I don’t know about you, but I am very good at signing up for e-newsletters and I’m not always very good at reading them. However, last week my inbox was flooded with emails about one topic in particular: the ‘IF Campaign’. This campaign is the joint effort of over 100 organisations to tackle issues of poverty in 2013.
I’m sure that you will hear a lot more about this over the next year and I am not going to just repeat what is already on other websites. However, reading these emails made me think about a couple of things and there are a few videos I would like to share with you.
1. The first video explains what the IF Campaign is all about:
Like I said, there are over 100 organisations who have been involved in the co-ordination of IF, but I want to specifically highlight the resources provided by Tearfund: www.tearfund.org/en/get_involved/campaign/if/pray/
Over the years there have been hundreds of social justice campaigns run by well intentioned citizens, who lobby politicians to make changes for the greater good. As Christians, we know that all the fanciest websites, the biggest celebrity endorsements, the most emails sent to Downing Street, the trendiest wristbands etc… will all be useless unless we back up this work with prayer.
2. I then started asking myself why do Christians talk about injustice and poverty so much? This video from Tearfund explains it pretty well:
Did you know just how much God loves justice? In Matthew 23:23 we learn that the most important parts of the Biblical law are ‘justice, mercy and faithfulness.‘ In Micah 6:8 we learn that God requires us, ‘To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’
And that is just a drop in the ocean because there are over 2,000 references to justice and poverty in the Bible. In the words of Bono. ‘That’s a lot of airtime!’
3. Finally, I started to think about all this in connection with our Influence theme. What are you doing today to bring about justice in the world around you? Below is a video showing a young guy called Callum Stewart using the words of the Black Eyed Peas and Justin Timberlake to ask the question ‘Where is the love?’
(OK so Callum is a boy, which doesn’t fit with the Woman of Influence thing we were going for over the last few weeks, but he is from Coleraine in Northern Ireland; this is a brilliant video and the words of the song fit with what I wanted to say today!)