I’ve never bought a pair of Toms shoes.
I didn’t wear a Kony 2012 T-shirt.
I declined offers to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
I don’t have a strong opinion about immigration reform.
I’m not actively fighting against the oppression of women within certain evangelical circles.
I’ve never sponsored a child through World Vision or Compassion International.
Why? Because your issues aren’t my issues. And they don’t need to be. Your issues don’t need to be my issues….but I need to have issues because Jesus had issues.
Jesus cared about people with Leprosy, but you’ve probably never supported the wonderful work of American Leprosy Missions.
Jesus cared about Widows (maybe even as much as orphans), but you’ve probably never pledged monthly support to a widow in your local community.
I haven’t done either of those two things, either. Because not every issue needs to be my issue….but I need to have issues because Jesus had issues.
Scripture does point out some specific issues that followers of Jesus should be concerned about, but nobody can actively and effectively advocate for ALL of them…we get to pick and choose, it seems. And hopefully the collective Body of Christ is tackling the things Jesus would want us to tackle.
And Scripture also points out a whole bunch of qualities, characteristics and “fruits” that should be evident in the lives of Jesus followers and it makes sense that these qualities, characteristics and “fruits” would manifest quite often in ways that advocate for those who can’t advocate for themselves.
I need to have issues because Jesus had issues. But please don’t tell me what issues I need to have. Please don’t make me feel less like Jesus because I’m not fighting for justice the same way you are.
And PLEASE don’t do that to your students, either. They need to have issues because Jesus had issues…but your issues don’t need to be theirs.