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Do something. That seems to be a recurring theme in our culture today. Get involved. Get your hands dirty. Speak up. Do something.
On March 5, Kony 2012 released. The 29-minute film chronicles the evil exploits of Ugandan warlord, Joseph Kony. By March 30, over 100 million people had viewed Kony 2012 online. The short film by many estimated as the most viral video of all time. The sheer speed at which the word spread about the video and the movement it was spawning was incredible by any measure.
Many informational films have been made about many bad people around the world, so why did Kony 2012 take off so quickly? Joseph Kony, while certainly an unspeakably evil man, is probably not the most evil person on the planet. Kony’s atrocities, however are not unique to Uganda or even Africa, let alone in the world. So why are we hearing such an uproar? What about this video captured the hearts of so many?
It was the call to action.
On April 20, 2012, as part of the campaign, American supporters were asked to put up posters in their hometowns in an action named "Cover the Night". The campaign also includes buttons, posters, bracelets and stickers. In a world of endless information and awareness campaigns, Kony 2012 was asking people to do something -"make Kony famous."
Call to action is what is separates a movement from mere information.
There were many famous rabbis in the time of Jesus. Many had clever stories and inspiring analogies. What separated the message of Jesus from the many teachings of his day was the call to do something.
There were, to be honest, many people that were calling for action. The common theme was to rise up and overthrow the Roman Empire.
What made the message of Jesus unique was not his call to power his call to service.
What would it take to start a movement of service on your campus? What would it take to involve, not only the Christians, the unchurched students of your school locking arm in arm and working together towards a common goal? What would it take to inspire people who've not responded to the message of salvation that Jesus brings to respond to the message of service that Jesus brings?
Everyone needs a cause. It's something deeply ingrained, put there by our Creator. Pray about your school. Pray that God would give you cause in your community that would inspire students around you to get involved. Finding that common ground with unchurched students working together towards a common goal may accomplish more in reaching the lost in all of our clever outreaches could ever do.
After all, Jesus called his first disciples not first to faith, the first action. "Follow me and I'll make you fishers of men" (Mark 1:17).
Sounds like to begin a movement, doesn't it?
Pray. Live. Tell. Serve. Give.
As a Campus Missionary, pray for world missionaries. Pray for a country and a missionary each week this month. You can also go one step further and e-mail the missionary and let them know you're praying for them!
Cassie, WV "Earlier this month the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at my school performed two human videos (dramas). I'm sure most of you are familiar with the Everything skit by Life house that became a YouTube sensation in 2009. If not I'll give you a brief description. The video depicts the struggles that every teenager is faced with through life. In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth, we all know this, so in the beginning of the song the one acting as God does just that. Then he creates "Eve". It then goes to show "Eve's" struggles with lust, drugs and alcohol, worldly things, depression and eventually attempted suicide. Through out the skit God is standing to the side trying to get the girl's attention. And in the end, he succeeds. "Eve" then tries to fight through these temptations to get back to God, then God comes out and takes over her burden. It is a very moving human video, I encourage anyone who hasn't seen it to look it up. In any case, we performed it during lunch for anyone who wanted to come out and see it. Over a hundred kids came out! We were so excited to see so many of our peers wanting to watch and to hear about our Lord, and Savior. We were approached by many students afterward, who wanted to join our club. It was such an amazing experience. But we knew that we had a chance to win more souls to Christ! So we did another one to the song "Worth it All" by Rita Springer. It too shows some of the struggles that we go through as Christians, but we know that where God is involved all our struggles are GOING TO BE WORTH IT ALL! Worth the pain and anguish, worth the harsh words and looks of hatred that we get from those who don't believe. And at the end of the skit, Jesus is crucified, but while he's hanging on the cross he looks out at everyone and says "YOU'RE GONNA BE WORTH IT! YOU'RE GONNA BE WORTH IT! YOU'RE GONNA BE WORTH IT ALL!!" Over 250 students piled into our little theatre to watch this human video. We were even more excited! We can feel God moving through our school, and we're hoping and praying for a REVIVAL in the heart's of our fellow students. God is so worth it fighting these temptations even when things would be easier for us just to conform to the evil of the world! God is moving, and we're ready to handle it!! Another truly amazing thing that happened this month, was that THREE of my friends at school gave their lives over to God!! They came back to school and were totally different people! It makes me so proud as a follower of Christ to see people get saved and then stick by it!!! But they're trying, and we're helping!! God is so good! I couldn't have asked for a better month! Now it's onto Easter, my favorite time of year! I can't wait to see what God has in store for me and my friends in the coming months! Keep us in your prayers!!"
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Ever wonder how to effectively share your faith with someone who has a totally different beliefs or worldview? Do you have friends who are Agnostic? Agnostics are someone who neither believes or disbelieves there is a God, they believe there is no proof God exists. Check out this helpful page from our friends at Dare2Share - How to Share Your Faith with Alisha the Agnostic
Until next month, keep building other students' hope in Christ one life at a time!
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