On a journey...discovering who I am...the heart of a warrior...with a passion to worship God

Location: Canada

Why 'WorshipWarrior'? I am on a journey discovering more and more of who I am, and I believe one of the words God has used to describe who I am is a worship warrior. The worship part I can see; I absolutely love to worship God, to delight in His presence. The warrior part is not so apparent...yet. At times it seems to rise up and at other times I don't think I look like a warrior at all. But I believe this is part of who God has created me to be. And it's something I want to be. So I journey this road, trusting that God is willing and able to transform me into the person He has actually called me to be. Here is where I share bits and pieces of the journey.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

What's wrong with this picture?

I watched Hotel Rwanda the other night. It was a hard movie to watch. In 1994, over 800,000 people were slaughtered in 100 days, and the UN did not intervene to stop it. Western countries had the money and the resources to address the situation and yet did nothing. Why? The only thing I can come up with is that we are an incredibly selfish society. If it is not in our best interests or affects us directly, then it doesn't really matter what happens in the rest of the world. This is so sad. We have been given so much and yet we either hoard it or spend it on materialistic things.

My heart cries out concerning the injustice of it all. And yet, I feel so utterly helpless. What can I do? It is the governments that make the decisions whether to intervene or not. So my reaction goes from heartache over injustice to feelings of helplessness and despair to emotional apathy. I don't believe I can make a difference, so why bother? Maybe that is a selfish reaction in itself and I don't like it, but I'm being honest.

It's in moments like these that I really long for Jesus to come back and make everything right, because I honestly don't think fallen man will be able to correct the injustices in this world. We are too selfish, too sinful. The evil in this world will continue. How can we stand against it? What can we do?

And yet, as individuals and countries, we can respond swiftly to a natural disaster such as the tsunami in Asia however we ignore other catastrophes in the world that are taking even more lives.

A similar situation to Rwanda is happening in Darfur, Sudan. Even though I feel largely powerless, I will not give up hope. Perhaps if enough people start talking and believing they can make a difference, maybe something can be done. Here are some links regarding the Darfur crisis:

CBC's Correspondent in Darfur
Sudan: A Nation Divided
Sudan's Darfur Conflict
Unlike its response in Asia, the West has stood idly by while genocide, disease & famine ravage Africa

Philippians 2:4 - "Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others."


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