Sunday, February 19, 2006

Injustice

I just finished watching The Constant Gardener.

Before you read any further, go out, rent it, watch it. Then we can continue.

I've watched my share of save-the-world movies recently including Spy Game at Shay's, LOTR trilogy at King's Lodge, and Good Night, and Good Luck at the FACT theatre in Liverpool last night. Fighting against multi-million dollar pharmaceutical companies, fighting against compromised FBI agencies, fighting against McCarthy's anti-communist regime, fighting against Mordor...

My brother (who, honestly, will probably never know of the publicity he gets on this blog...because he doesn't have the link...because he hates blogs) and I just had this conversation the other evening:
[his MSN tag line was "real pissed at injustice"]
Me: what injustice?
He: I dunno - I feel like being a superhero
Me: cool. me too.
He: damn life is too unjust
Me: i know. i agree.
think of anything to fight?
yet?
He: injustice
generally
Me: that's kind of broad, no?
He: nah
whever I see it - I'll just start dueling out the punches
Me: good call.
how's school?
He: injust

Don't we all feel the push? As complacent and as comfortable as North American life has become, don't we still feel injustice lurking in the shadows?

Sometimes I don't even feel like getting out of bed, let alone fighting injustice. But I can do something, can't I? When Jesus tells me to, when he shows me injustice, I can chose to "duel out the punches", can't I?

Hands
By: Jewel

If I could tell the world just one thing
It would be that we're all OK
And not to worry 'cause worry is wasteful
And useless in times like these
I won't be made useless
I won't be idle with despair
I will gather myself around my faith
For light does the darkness most fear
My hands are small, I know
But they're not yours, they are my own
But they're not yours, they are my own
And I am never broken
Poverty stole your golden shoes
It didn't steal your laughter
And heartache came to visit me
But I knew it wasn't ever after
We'll fight, not out of spite
For someone must stand up for what's right
'Cause where there's a man who has no voice
There ours shall go singing
My hands are small I know
But they're not yours, they are my own
But they're not yours, they are my own
I am never broken
In the end only kindness matters
In the end only kindness matters
I will get down on my knees, and I will pray
I will get down on my knees, and I will pray
I will get down on my knees, and I will pray
My hands are small I know
But they're not yours, they are my own
But they're not yours, they are my own
And I am never broken
My hands are small I know
But they're not yours, they are my own
But they're not yours, they are my own
And I am never broken
We are never broken
We are God's eyes
God's hands
God's mind
We are God's eyes
God's hands
God's heart
We are God's eyes
God's hands
God's eyes
We are God's hands
We are God's hands


"This is the kind of fast day I'm after:
to break the chains of injustice,
get rid of exploitation in the workplace,
free the oppressed,
cancel debts.
What I'm interested in seeing you do is:
sharing your food with the hungry,
inviting the homeless poor into your homes,
putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad,
being available to your own families."

(Isaiah 58, the Message)


JUSTIN:
There are millions of people.
They all need help.
That's what the agencies are here for.

TESSA:
Yeah, but these are three people that we can help.

5 comments:

s@bd said...

watching it tonight. in, like, 20 minutes.
yep. then we can talk.

Sarah-Aubrey said...

It's by the same director as "City of God" which was another movie that messed me up for about a week.

andrew said...

yeah. city of god was freaking intense. somebody needs to buy me that for my birthday. (it's tomorrow, you know).

Andrew G said...

oh, that movie... it's so good

i don't know the Jewell song

but i think i'd really like your brother. and you should encourage his wild at heartedness... us boys need to fight injustice (sorry, that sounded a bit misogynistic [sometimes I don't know how to write about God stuff from the male perspective without sounding misogynistic -- but i'm not a misognyst, i promise])

more good posts to make me happy

Sarah-Aubrey said...

Not misogynistic at all. I can smell a misogynist from a mile away and, trust me, you don't have the scent.

I'm all for wild at heartedness in men. Would be nice to see more of it.

And before Rennie jumps down my throat for putting men in a box, remember: the title is "Wild at HEART". You can be wild at heart without getting muddy.