Do I stand for justice?
As a follower of Christ, I try hard to live my life where I act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with my God (Micah 6: 8). But this is not easy because when one stands up for injustice and oppression, or when one speaks out in defence of any form of abuse, they can often be misunderstood or face the wrath of others. In my personal reflections this morning, I was thinking about the issues facing the world today – like the conflict in Gaza and Ukraine and other places not often in the news, the shooting down of a civilian passenger plane, the human rights violations taking place in many countries; religious and racial discrimination we see happening around us – and I asked myself why do these issues make me angry and cause me to pray and seek ways to make people aware of these unjust actions. In jotting down all my thoughts, I could summarize all these concerns into 10 issues that I see are injustices in the world. Let me list them:
1. Extreme Hunger – No one should die from hunger
2. Poverty – Everyone has the right to earn a decent living
3. Gender Prejudice – No one should be treated as an object or possession because of their gender. There must be equality.
4. Abuse of the Vulnerable – No child, elderly, refugees or vulnerable person should face abuse in any form but must be treated with respect.
5. Racism – Race or ethnicity must not disqualify a person from having equal rights within the national and global community
6. Religious Prejudice – Every person has the right to following their religious practices without any prejudice or victimization even if it is a minority religion within that country.
7 Human Trafficking – Every human being should be treated with dignity and value and not forced into a way of life that is not a choice of their own.
8. Victims of War – Often the victims of war are the innocent. No country or ethnic group has the right to cause unnecessary suffering to the innocent, who are often children and women, even if that nation or ethnic group is in the right. There is no such thing as casualties of war. Every civilian has the right to life.
9. Human Rights Violations – Every human being has the right to choose how they want to live within the laws and practices of the local and global community. Every human being have the right to make legal life choices without the moral and value based judgments of others.
10. Environmental Abuse – Every human being has the responsibility to look after the environment and to ensure that it exists for the next generation. The environment is not there to be abused or destroyed just to satisfy human greed and ego.
If I remain silent on these issues, would I be just as responsible for these injustices as the perpetrators of these injustices?