Dear Hurting America: As you observe Independence Day, I know it may seem inauthentic to celebrate. But despite all of the darkness, I know there is plenty of good, too.Read More
Injustice should make us outraged, but it matters how we react to it. Responding by wishing AIDS on a person or punctuating a tweet with hashtags like #burn and #die hardly advances the work of justice. This kind of approach only fuels our “outrage economy” and turns the internet into an online battlefield, escalating already volatile issues and dividing people even further.Read More
If we’re only standing against something, we’ll never be for the things that matter, the things that actually address the root of the problem. The real change happens when we stand for good – for things like building peaceful and functional communities. Or addressing the deeper problems behind violence, like abuse or trauma, community breakdown, and mental health issues. Or restructuring our expectations of masculinity that otherwise normalizes aggression, reinforces violence, and represses healthy emotional expression.Read More
Here, in our state of immobilization, in the wake of grief, in fear of responsibility, we are numb. We wonder what our world has come to. We ask ourselves: Where is justice? Where is sanity? Where is God?
We are not responsible for the world’s suffering—we are only responsible for our own choices and actions. But we can no longer hide from the ways our judgments and choices contribute to the world’s suffering.Read More
It seems that when it comes to justice, we often contort it to fit our own agenda. We define its dimensions according to our level of commitment to it. We speak of it to flatter ourselves, inserting “justice issues” casually but strategically into conversations—as if it gives us more buoyancy in the human struggle for worthiness. We sensationalize justice, without unpacking what it really means or looks like.Read More
Ultimately, the problem isn’t human trafficking—the problem is brokenness. As finite and flawed humans, we’re broken in just about every way. And it’s because of the brokenness in ourselves and our communities that exploitation can thrive.