Tag Archive for: Causes/Social Justice

Bring the Solution

Recently I heard Pastor Matthew Barnettt speak at Angelus Temple in Los Angeles. His message was on forward motion! These two words define the ministry of Renue. He went on to share a powerful set of statements comparing an activist and an actionist.

An Activist makes people aware of problems.

An Actionist creates a solution.

An Activist points the finger at those who should be solving the problem.

An Actionist takes personal responsibility to be the solution.

There is nothing wrong with being an activist, we need them, but there is a time for actionists to arise and put feet to their desires. Playing it safe and always talking about what you “will” do does not get things done. If God has put something in you to do, then take the steps necessary to do it.

There’s a song that Hillsong United sings, and one line reads, “God be the solution. We will be Your hands, be Your feet.” We act in partnership with the Lord to accomplish His will on the earth.

James 2:15-17 & 22 reads, “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed.’ But does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead…You see that his faith and his actions were working together and his faith was made complete by what he did.”

What are you doing right now to serve God’s heart in your sphere of influence? Check out the video to see how you can get involved in projects happening right now. i-heart.org

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Social Justice Movements to Check Out

If you want to get behind a social cause on a local or global level that is lifting people’s lives but also spreading the good news of hope and love, here are a few that I recommend:

These are organizations led by leaders from all walks of life who refuse to wait and just sit in a church bubble, but rather be the church and the hands and feet of Jesus to people around the world that are experiencing devastation, hunger, poverty and injustice.

  • Tom’s Shoes – Every pair of shoes you purchase, TOM’S will give away a pair of shoes to a Child in need.
  • The Love Alliance – Educating individuals on social justice issues and then provides ways for them to make a difference in everyday lives.
  • Red Eye – Provides a common ground of young Hollywood peers to work together to express and grow through social gatherings, humanitarian relief, and the exploration of culture and the arts. It’s an organization allowing you to champion your platform to give back to humanitarian causes that are close to your heart.
  • To Write Love On Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
  • Fermi Projectis a broad collective of innovators, artists, social entrepreneurs, church and societal experimenting with ways to advance the common good in culture.
  • Invisible ChildrenThree filmmakers, social activists, and entrepreneurs in the Uganda focus their approach to humanitarian work on long-term goals that enable children to take responsibility for their future and the future of their country. The people of Uganda are asking for a future beyond the conflict and a long-term war.
  • Charity: Water More than 1.1 million people on the planet don’t have clean water. Be a part of projects helping hundreds of people experience clean water by establishing new water wells at hospital clinics, schools, and water towers in communities in Bangladesh, Central African Republic, Cote D’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Honduras, India, Kenya, and many others.
  • I Heart Revolution They are uniting social causes giving all of us a global perspective of the Love of God that drives us to make a difference in the world. A collaborative response to see the inseparable union of worship and justice.
  • She Rescue Home is a secure haven for young Cambodian girls who are at risk or who have been rescued from human trafficking. Each of these girls deserves a safe and secure place to live, where counseling, medical attention, education and vocational training can take place in a safe and loving location.
  • Falling Whistlesis a small story exposing the world’s largest war. Using the symbol of the whistle to call individuals to courage, we join local leaders inside Congo to build a Free World.