Right Action

28Sep07

Courtesy ReutersToday marks the 11th day of protests in Burma, where a popular uprising led by Buddhist monks is challenging the military government on issues of economic hardships and political freedom. While at first treating the protests peacefully, the government has now turned to violence to bring the demonstrations down. As a result, at least 13 people have lost their lives and many more have been injured.

As the intensity rises, the number of monks at the protest has begun to decline, not for lack of support, but because the government has begun rounding up monks from their monasteries and arresting them for inciting dissidence. The Burmese government has rightly identified the monks as bearing a great deal of moral power within their society, a power which they are not afraid to use.

This raises the question, are we as people of faith–as leaders in our community–fulfilling our responsibility to the moral power that we bear? Is it enough to join a Facebook group that supports our cause? When Christ called us to drop everything and follow him, what did he mean? Was it to live comfortably and do what we can or did he mean for us to submit ourselves completely to the will of God, to abandon our pursuits and focus our being on serving the work of the Lord?

The more I read, the more I learn, and the more I experience life and the world, the more I think that Christ intended the latter. It is terrifying and we are so good at justifying why it is not what Christ really wanted. Yet the monks went to lead the people, the monks went to stand up against power, the monks went to provide courage for the people in the face of terror, and the monks went and gave up their safety and their lives.

Cross Posted from Hellish Truth

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2 Responses to “Right Action”

  1. “It is terrifying and we are so good at justifying why it is not what Christ really wanted.”
    You are so right! The disciples left their trades, their livelihoods, what have we left? Only our beds on Sunday morning’s.
    Thanks for letting me know, I’m not the only one out here who feels this way.
    God bless.
    Tim

  2. Tim,

    Thank you for your comment. The part that I have struggled with, and I suspect most people struggle with, is how to make the leap from thought to praxis. I can know and believe that this is the proper course of action, but to actually get up and make the radical changes in my life necessary to bring it in line with that belief is very difficult. How then do you translate this into a message for the people? How do you call them to put down their nets and follow Christ?

    -Adam


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