WHAT DO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT?
Posted by Mike Foster: I have never met any one more passionate, heroic and dedicated as Jason Russell of Invisible Children. He and their amazing team have worked tirelessly to make this world a better place.
So this afternoon I started getting some texts about Jason. According to the IC website, he had been hospitalized after suffering from exhaustion, dehydration and malnutrition. These factors lead to an unfortunate incident that apparently a lot of people are talking about right now.
So a couple thoughts:
Here's what I know. You don't have to be scared or confused or worried or disappointed. Geesh! Jason is going to be just fine and so is IC. If you doubt that then you don't know the courage and tenacity of these amazing people. Jason and Invisible Children have their best days ahead of them! And I will be gladly cheering them on.
Secondly, if you feel the need to say something then let me encourage you to raise your voice for grace. Add redemptive words to the conversation right now. For heaven's sake, it's not that hard but it does mean making a choice. Trust me, you won't regret it.
But more importantly instead of talking about Jason...or the last 24 hours...and the TMZ video....and the blah blah blah....we continue to talk about the victimized children. We continue to raise our voice on their behalf. To make them visible and known. Don't ever lose sight of that.
And if you feel the deep need to bash, throw rocks or to attack someone, let me direct you to Joseph Kony. The man who has wreaked havoc, and evil, and warfare on the most innocent victims. That's worth talking about, tweeting about and reporting. Jason is not the story. It's the kids of Central Africa and stopping Kony.
If you want to love on Jason, love on Africa. If you want support Invisible Children, then talk about Kony and the LRA.
Today we get to decide what's truly important to us as a society. We determine our priorities. I've decided to talk about grace, compassion and the end of injustice. Why? Cuz that's totally worth talking about.