I have often said that I would love to study revolutions. What a great thing to get a PhD in. It is fascinating to think that a group of courageous people with a vision bigger than themselves could fundamentally change the environment they live in. Not a rebellion , but a revolution. A rebellion is based on people’s personal attitudes toward something…a revolution is a force of action based on something you believe to be true and necessary. Thomas Jefferson once said that every generation needs a new revolution. We are made for it.
Religion, politics, society, technology…all have experienced revolutions. My heart is stirred by what is happening in the world right now. Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, now parts of North Korea.
South Korea has been dropping pamphlets into North Korea telling them about the overthrowing of governments, much like their own, in the middle east. Sure, there are political motives too, but how powerful to inform people that the way they live should and could change. I wish I were more like South Korea.
So often I think about things that should change. Sex trafficking, domestic violence, abusive parents, child soldiers, hunger and clean water crisis…SO many things.
The church is called to do what South Korea is doing. We are each individually called to do it. When we see broken lives that are filled with hopelessness, individual people devalued by abusive partners or mean co-workers, and when an entire generation is plagued by slavery of any form…we are meant to step in & change it.
My heart is on fire when I imagine the Church globally taking up the call for justice. Big, small and one step at a time. The title of this post is from a song in Les Miserables. Arguably one of the best musicals of all time & this is one of my favorite songs from it. The chorus is as follows:
Do you hear the people sing?
Singing the songs of angry men?
It is the music of a people who will not be slaves again
When the beating of your heart, echos the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start when tomorrow comes
This is just food for thought. The earth is groaning, crying out in their crisis. I as a follower of Jesus carry a banner of hope and restoration. Salvation in their time of need. My heart is on fire.