Due to social media we have a window into the lives of everyone’s opinions about what happens in the world. We learn about the issues that are the closest to their hearts, the social plights that burden them at night, where they lean politically, and even those little every day pet peeves. Everyone we are connected to also learns these things about us. It’s a constant flood of opinions, editorials, pleas for activism, calls for change, fundraising requests, petitions, and news shares that are peppered in among pictures of our kids, meals, and fun.
What I have also noticed is that there is a lot of assumptions being made. It seems like every major issue is cut and dry. You are either for it, or against it. At times it also feels like if you choose to support one issue, then everyone assumes that is the only issue that matters to you. As if we can’t feel just as passionate about a myriad of issues. Why do we have to choose? Does the Lord not give us eyes big enough to see the whole world? Does He not give us a heart big enough to break for more than just one person or cause?
Then I think about how the Lord talks about the gifting of spiritual gifts, how everyone gets their own gifts at His discretion and each of us will use our gifts for different purposes under His direction. If all of us were to hold the same issue dear to our hearts, say homelessness, then yes we could eradicate homelessness. But what about addicts, those in prison, the foster system, those who are ill, the abused, and all of the other broken aspects of the world? We can’t have a world full of doctors only, we need plumbers and electricians too.
I think it is reasonable to believe the the Lord will burden each of our hearts a bit differently, towards certain causes or people. He disperses the burden so that we don’t forget about the widow when caring for the orphan, or forget the alien when we care for the invalid. We need to be careful not to assume that just because the Lord has bent someone’s heart toward a specific cause that they don’t have a concern for others.
And, we should be grateful that the Lord has many workers to go out into the broken world.