What is the source of your holy discontent? You know what I mean… That topic that makes your blood boil every time it gets mentioned. That image that makes you cringe and look away when you see it. Is it pornography? Is it child abuse? Lack of prison reform? AIDS orphans? Corporate greed? Poverty? Sexual slavery? Illiteracy? Religious persecution? Addiction? Lack of school funding? Mental illness? Incurable disease? Religious persecution? Homeless veterans? Any form of slavery? So what is it? What makes your blood boil? Now tell me what you do about it.
Do you post graphics on Facebook? Do you quote alleged scholars? Do you share your opinion on every issue that comes along? Do you judge others for their opinion? Do you scoff when someone disagrees with you? We live in a free country so you have the right to do any of those things - they're cheap and they’re easy so I can see the appeal. But that's just it. They're cheap and easy. "There we go," we say to ourselves after we hit post before closing down our Facebook app. "Now they know how I feel about XYZ." Great. Thank you. You're right. Now I know how you feel. Now tell me what you really did that might affect the issue.
Did you help free a ten year old girl from wondering not if she’s going to be violated in the wee hours of the night but how many times? Did you save a five-year-old little boy from being thrown over the side of a boat and told to swim or die? Did you help a child who has never hugged his/her father due to incarnation get to spend an afternoon visiting his dad? Did you put a hot meal in the tummy of a child that’s gone without food for several days? Did you go to the hospital and lay an abandoned baby across your chest so they could feel the joy of skin-to-skin contact before they took their last breath? Did you drop off that bag of unwanted craft supplies and that bundle of box tops to your local elementary school because you don’t need them but you know kids in a nearby district can’t afford crayons? Did you snag an extra package of underwear when you were doing your back to school shopping to donate to the homeless veterans drop box? I could go on and on but I think you get the point and you're not going to like the next thing I have to say so buckle up.
I've heard it said that if you look at a man's checkbook, it doesn’t take long to see what he values and while part of me wants to push back against that because there are bills to pay, another part of me knows it’s true. Many of us are all in when it's cheap and easy. In fact, the human race has proven that we have an incredible propensity for destruction largely because it’s cheap and easy.
Spray painting a sacred monument doesn’t cost much to the person holding the can. Tearing down a statue doesn’t cost much for the person that brought the rope. Spewing hate via pithy graphics on Facebook doesn’t cost much to the sender of the post. While these displays of holy discontent seem active in the moment, the truth is they’re largely passive because save for the participant who might snag fifteen minutes of fame or feel better for a second in time, they really don’t help anyone else. I mean seriously, what do you say to the person who thinks they’re helping the cause by acting in such a cheap and easy way? “Way to kick the crap out of a piece of bronze?” Or maybe something like, “You really know how to use a spray can?”
When you’re talking about affecting real change, cheap and easy rarely gets the job done because the sad truth about the world we live in is that action and advocacy come at a cost. Whether it’s your time or your money or your energy, fighting your holy discontent can stretch the limits of your resources.
We’re so quick to toss out an opinion and take a side regarding the things that bother us to the core, yet many of us are so slow in acting in a way that has any chance of making a real difference. Sharing your opinion may make you feel like you’re doing something and it may gain you some attention, but who is it really helping? The world won’t become a better place until the day arrives when we’re as quick to leverage our resources toward the cause of our holy discontent as we are to share our opinion about it.
What really makes your blood boil? I hope you have an answer because there’s something you can do about it…
Do you really want to help end slavery? Check out International Justice Mission:
Want to help Aids orphans? Check out Horizon International (right here in Indy): http://horizoninternationalinc.com
Want to help incarcerated men and women? Check out God Behind Bars:
Want to help those in the chains of sexual slavery? Check out Red Umbrella: http://www.redumbrellafund.org
Want to stand against religious persecution? Check out Samaritan’s Purse:
Want to help with addiction recovery? Check out Lighthouse Recovery Center (right here in Indy):
Want to help the homeless? Check out Circle City Relief (right here in Indy): http://www.circlecityrelief.com
Want to help active duty men and women? Check out Adopt A Soldier:
Want to honor Veterans? Check out Indy Honor Flight: