Invisible Children debuted their new social media movement titled Kony 2012 by posting an approximately 30 minute video on Tuesday. This video has caused a surge of support from all over the world of the mission to capture Joseph Kony for his crimes against humanity.
This post is not in response to the movement per say, but this is in reaction to the behavior I’ve seen exhibited by people in the wake of this cause sweeping the world.
I can’t say how disappointing it is to see people bicker over “jumping on the bandwagon” when it comes to things like this. Actually, it’s not just disappointing; it’s hateful, sad, pathetic, and terrible all wrapped up.
Truthfully, that 30 minute video did inspire more people to support the cause to stop Kony than anything Invisible Children has done in the last 10 years. But isn’t that the point? Isn’t the point to spread the word as far and as wide as humanly possible?
If that’s the case, then why are so many people upset about the overwhelming response to this movement? Why are so many people arguing over who has been a supporter of Invisible Children the longest? Why is how WE feel or OUR annoyance even a part of this discussion?!
Why? Why? Why?
Here’s where I have to be completely honest without being concerned about hurting feelings. If anyone is upset, hurt or angry about “bandwaggoners” and the sudden uprising of Invisible Children support, then they don’t support this organization for any of the right reasons.
Plain and simple.
It shouldn’t matter one iota if someone has been on board with this issue for 10 years or 10 minutes. What matters is that they are. I can tell you with 100 percent certainty that the founders of Invisible Children are THRILLED with the increase of support because they truly care about the situation in Uganda. If anyone is not thrilled, then they care about THEIR situation and how supporting Invisible Children makes them look to others.
Supporting a charity or a movement should come from one place and that’s love. And love comes from one place and that’s God.
My good friend, Jessica Pittman, spoke in her most recent devotional video about 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. One of the most profound things she said was that we should never assume that verse to be nothing more than a “coffee cup quote” because of its abundant use. That verse is a part of the Gospel and perfectly sums up what love is and looks like and what love isn’t and shouldn’t look like.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not
self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
It doesn’t matter who has supported this organization the longest. It doesn’t matter who is going to hang up the most posters. It doesn’t matter. What matters is supporting this cause and supporting justice, truth and love.
Kony 2012 is not about “out-supporting” each other; it’s about loving our brothers and sisters in Uganda and helping them to live a better life. Applaud those around you for supporting this cause and encourage them to do so! Because if any part of supporting them is self-serving, then it’s not an act of love.
Let’s all lay down our envy and our pride and carry the true torches of love – patience, kindness, hope, trust, protection, joy and perseverance.