In the circle of blogs that I frequent, there are frequent calls for social justice, from calls to redeem the structures that hold people in poverty to calls for vast government redistribution of wealth, as well as fingers of blame pointed at everyone from Republicans and racists (you mean they aren’t the same?) to Fundamentalist Christians and Capitalists.
And I will admit, while I don’t normally blame the same folks as many of my fellow bloggers, I often extend my index finger and open my mouth to criticize those who I believe desire to harm those they intend to help. We all do it. We love to pass the buck because it eases our guilt. When I see the homeless family walk by my apartment with their grocery cart filled with aluminum cans, I immediately think about how socialist policies end up hurting these people the most because they quelch job growth, leaving folks unemployed. Others may see the same homeless family and think to themselves, “if those awful rich people would just give more money away, or pay better wages, we wouldn’t have people walking the streets collecting aluminum cans in order to feed themselves.
But, when it really comes down to it, neither me, nor the unnamed liberal/socialist/democrat blaming others helps put food in the mouths of those people. When I sit down at the computer and write a blog post about how raising the minimum wage hurts the poorest of the poor, or when someone else posts about how these people just need the government to buy them a home, neither one of those options puts a roof over those peoples head, or tends to their wounds, or treats the disease that they have.
I think its time for us, and by us I mean Christian bloggers who have heard the call for social justice and peace, to stop talking and start doing.
Its easy to point the finger at someone else. Its easy to say that if they just changed the law, or if the greedy “rich” people (we’re all pretty rich in America, but we like to think that our household earnings are ok, while the guy making more is rich) just gave more money, that things would change.
We need to stop looking for blame and start doing. We need to stop spending other peoples money and give whatever we can as often as we can. If we really have faith in Christ, if we really believe that our mission is to bring good news to the poor, why the hell are we sitting on our asses when the least of these are walking right in front of us? What if we stopped wasting our time trying to find out whose fault it is that people are poor, and used that time to, you know, actually help them?
Maybe the prayer “thy kingdom come…” would become reality a little faster.