There are injustices all around the world that we may desire to resolve, but we don’t always have an accurate blueprint.
“Sometimes in our desire to do good we end up causing harm; causing havoc into a system, into person’s life or let’s say a village that we’re burdened by.”
“Sometimes I think it’s possible that we rush into things without thinking through all of the implications, not just for ourselves; on the construction, on the affects it may have on the local community, etc. The work of justice is really messy…it’s not this perfect plan.”
Engaging the work of justice shouldn’t be done in a mindless manner. Rather, Eugene encourages us to pray, listen and wait on God’s timing.
“Be thoughtful and prayerful so we’re not rushing into what I call this ‘hero, savior, messianic’ complex that I know I’ve been guilty of many times.”
To be effective on God’s behalf, we need self-examination to ensure our motives are in the right place, especially while seeking justice.
“This is an important time for us, not to stop, but to be that much more thoughtful and prayerful in how we engage the work of justice. Justice is such an expansive word.”
Before acting against injustice we need to respond to these hard questions:
• Is it possible that we’re co-opting it for our own personal agenda?
• Why is it that we care about these things?
• How do we do justly in a way that mutualistic and reciprocal?
God calls us to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly not for our own sake, but for His eternal glory.
“We ask God to move mountains, but we forget or neglect the possibility that we, ourselves, might be that mountain that God wants to move.”