Monday, September 23, 2013

“Break my heart for what breaks yours” - by Sammy Millar


One of my earliest memories of ‘fighting injustice’ was in high school. Our whole year had to sit a certain test in the space of a couple of days, but one class were able to sit the test a week later because their teacher had been away. I couldn’t believe that they had a whole extra week to study and prepare, while the rest of us had sat the test under the expected conditions. It seemed incredibly unfair.

So I started a petition.
 
I wrote a letter to the dean outlining the ‘injustice’, got a significant number of signatures and sent the letter. An assembly was called and the issue was ‘discussed’ and  … um … hmmm … I can’t remember what happened. The details are rather sketchy. Will the outcome echo into eternity … uuuurrrrr … nope!

It’s so easy to get up in arms about an issue that affects us directly. The passion stirs, emotions rise and we exert energy doing something about it, so that WE GET justice. Not so often do we get passionate and persevere for the justice of our neighbour living in poverty, the shoeless child who missed breakfast and goes to school with our son, the single mum missing out on significant child support because she’s on the benefit, the refugee who’s been taken advantage of by a kiwi who claims to have her ‘best interests’ at heart, I could go on …
 
These kind of situations haven’t always moved me, in fact many a time I’ve been blind and failed to see the injustices. I’d just shrug it off. In all honesty, I didn’t really care.

But as I read the bible I became increasingly aware that God has a heart for justice, the truth I ‘knew’ was starting to hit me in the face the reality that injustice breaks his heart and as his follower, and the question that resounded: “shouldn’t I be cut up over injustice too?”

A defining period was when I made some of the lyrics from Brooke Fraser's song “Hosanna” a regular prayer.

“Break my heart for what breaks yours

Everything I am for your Kingdoms cause”

And he answered. I started to care about the injustices faced by others. Outside of my own little world. Slowly but surely my heart was broken for the things that break my Lords. My heart breaks when I see people struggling through injustice, and I know, that as a follower of Christ, as I respond to his love for me part of that response involves joining him, imitating him in the fight for justice. In the words of the founder of The Salvation Army, William Booth, “I’ll fight to the very end!”

The challenge:

To make the fight for justice a priority in our lives

The prayer:

“Break my heart for what breaks yours

Everything I am for your Kingdoms cause”

 

 

 

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