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Who cares about equality, freedom, and justice for all?

CC DreamWorks NCMark Kelly writes at kainos about Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln:

… If the cause of equality, freedom, and justice for all in this country — in this world — is going to be advanced, do not look to the cynical nest-featherers in Washington. Instead look in the mirror. This country’s only hope is for us to step across the street, across town, across the tracks and partner with the people who have a vested interest in solving local problems with local resources. Even if top-down solutions did work, our federal government is too gridlocked, too corrupt, too mired in mindless ideology and sedimentary bureaucracy to take the bold action needed to do justice for the people.

If you care anything about equality, freedom, and justice for all, it will be up to you to forge the alliances in your community and attack the giants that oppress your neighbors. As with Lincoln’s boys in uniform — Union and Confederate — marching determined into battle, courage and self-sacrifice will win the day. When we are ready to risk everything for peace, when we decide to truly love our neighbors the way we love ourselves, we will see Almighty God move in our communities and transform lives. We will see justice “roll down like waters” – a mighty flood of justice, a river of righteous living that will never run dry. (Amos 5:24 NLT)

Jesus warned us a grain of wheat must fall into the earth and die, but promised that, in dying, it would  bear much fruit. (John 12:24) Who is willing to die to self to see God’s kingdom come, as Jesus prayed, “on earth as it is in heaven”?

You know you can’t count on posturing demagogues and their useful idiots to pay the price. The question is, are you willing?

Read the full post by clicking here.
You might consider this excellent new book by Stephen Mansfield,Lincoln’s Battle with God: A President’s Struggle with Faith and What It Meant for America

Youth pastor donates half his salary to justice cause

Eugene Cho blogs:

You have to read this email I recently received. Crazy, radical, and an amazing story of courage and generosity.

First, let me set the table:

We all love our stuff. All of us. We all consume. We all get sucked into the lifestyle of  upward mobility. This is most apparent during the festivities that surround Black Friday, Cyberspace Monday, and Christmas shopping.

This isn’t a guilt trip but to simply state that which is obvious. What I do want to state is the importance of us also growing a culture of generosity in our lives. Generosity isn’t just for others…but also for us:

Generosity isn’t just merely for the sake of blessing OTHERS. Even more so, it’s to rescue US from the abyss of our greed.

Generosity is what keeps the things I own from owning me.

Let me share a crazy story of generosity and a reminder – once more – that you don’t have to be a rock star, a billionaire, or a celebrity to make an impact.

Recently, I received an email from a youth pastor named Joon Park  from Florida. I’ve never met him, don’t know him, and never heard of him. In his blog, he describes himself as:

I am a former atheist/agnostic, fifth degree black belt, recovered porn addict, and currently a youth pastor at New Light Church in Tampa, FL. Like every other dude with a laptop, I blog regularly. I can eat five lbs. of steak in one sitting. I have a German shepherd named Rosco.

Joon – after hearing a talk I gave at the 2011 Catalyst Conference – shared that he was convicted by the Holy Spirit and now… was acting upon that conviction. This young youth pastor has decided to donate half of his yearly salary to charity.

Read his email:

Hello Pastor Eugene!

My name is Joon Park. I’m currently a youth pastor of New Light Church in Tampa, FL.

After a friend of mine sent me your Catalyst Lab from 2011, I was convicted to donate half my salary this year to a charity. That would amount to $10,000, which I understand is not large by certain standards, yet hopefully enough to save a handful of lives. I listened to your sermon in the car, then at Sweet Tomatoes (where I felt sick over the affluence of a culture that needs buffets), and by the time I got home, with tear-drenched eyes I knew what I had to do.

I wanted to personally thank you for your message. I checked out your websites and I believe in what the Holy Spirit is doing in your life. Though I haven’t decided where I will donate the money yet, I am seriously considering your One Day’s Wages program.

I am a “nobody” pastor with a 30+ youth group and a blog like every other pastor…Please pray that I may stay encouraged and faithful to my pledge. I’m pretty scared. You are right. We cannot ask of others what we don’t do ourselves.

God bless you, brother. Thank you again!

Wow.  How crazy, radical, and counter-cultural is this?

Think about it:

Young. Youth Pastor. Donating half of his salary = $10,000.
What can you do for $10,000?

He could have purchased 20 iPads, or 10 Macbook Airs, or a new car, or lots of sushi, or anything he wanted but instead, he’s chosen to donate all of it to ODW’s Human Trafficking Fund. In addition, he’s also inviting friends, family, and strangers to help him match his $10K donation in hopes of raising and donating a total of $20,000.

How cool is that?

To read Eugene’s suggestions about three things you can do, click here.
Read Joon’s full letter at the One Day’s Wages website by clicking here.

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