Danielle Strickland: author, advocate and passionate fighter of injustice. Danielle has been serving the marginalised for over twenty years. She's co-founded Infinitum, Amplify Peace and The Brave Campaign. Here Danielle sharesÂ her top tips about howÂ toÂ fight injustice in 2018:
1. Fight injustice: choose to see
Anyone can participate in injustice if they choose not to see it. A lot of people think thatâs a no-brainer but willful blindness is one of the corporate downfalls of our culture. We can choose not to see injustice and tell ourselves itâs all too much, too complicated or too overwhelming. So the first step must always be to choose to see the injustice around us. Letâs open our eyes, itâs a choice.
2. Fight injustice: pay attention
Pay attention to the things that move you. That thing that irritates you, the news story that disrupts your day or the conversation you canât forget. Decide to tune in to what you canât ignore. What if those interruptions are God exposing the things he wants you to change? Catherine Booth once said:
There is no changing the future without disturbing the present.Â @djstrickland
I think that a lot of people want a changed future without changing anything now- thatâs impossible.
3. Fight injustice: Lean in and learn
We might be tempted to run away but that wonât change our hearts and it wonât change the world. Challenge yourself, lean into the discomfort by learning more about the issue or cause that stirs you. Whether that is supporting refugees, getting to know your neighbours, donating to your local food bank, helping at a homeless shelter or praying for the persecuted church.
Do some research, discover the facts and connect with organisations who can face the discomfort with you. Being informed often takes away a lot of the paralysis and fear that so often holds us back.
4. Fight injustice: Remember you are qualified
People think that fighting injustice is for the experts and we can see it as being above our pay grade.
We do this to poverty too, which is one of the reasons I love Compassion. Itâs an accessible, ethical and relational way to engage in the issues surrounding poverty. The answer to poverty is simply to share. We might think we need all the right knowledge, the exam grades or smart strategies. Start sharing what you have and see what happens.
5. Fight injustice: Take the first step
Action usually starts with a small step. In a Compassion context, it might start with sponsoringÂ a child or it could be helping your kids to engage in poverty. Iâve had a wonderful journey with my kids and sponsorship where I have been able to really invite them into justice as kids. I share with them and say, âThis is poverty, this child is just like you, living on the other side of the world and you guys can connect and have a friendship.â Social justice is about living our best lives together, the journey of justice always comes through relationship with the oppressed.
6. Fight injustice: Stay foolish
I'm really challenged by theÂ Franciscan Blessing, "May God Bless You with Discomfort, Anger, Tears and Foolishness". My favourite line is, âKeep us foolish enough to believe that how we live can make a difference in this world.â
In 2018, are we foolish enough to believe our actions will change the world around us? Are we surrendered enough to walk hand-in-hand with the broken, the poor, the outcasts and the marginalised?Â @djstrickland
At the start of the new year letâs dare to imagine, what could happen if the redeemers outnumbered the exploiters?
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