Tonight I watched a taped episode of Frontline about the history of the tragedy in Darfur. A couple points that caused reflection:
One interviewee stated, in essence, that the “gods of history” had given mankind another chance to step in and prevent genocide; another chance, referring to the failure of the international community to intervene in Rwanda. His language, of course, caused me to reflect about God, mass sufferings in history, and the test of this life. Who will have to answer for this in the day of Judgment? The Janjaweed? Sudanese leaders? The Chinese? The U.N.? U.S. Business? me?
The power of citizens. We are living in a pivotal moment in history. Citizen groups are becoming powerful enough to sway government, to speak louder than big business dollars, and to have impact at a level greater than the nation-state. The citizen movement was the only thing keeping Darfur on the agenda, and no matter how disappointing the ultimate outcome the fact that citizens on one side of the are actively fighting for the well-being of citizens in a remote corner of the world is a welcome advancement.
When Christ spoke that core principle, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” how far does my personal responsibility expand? Where should I put my limited time and resources? I see bums every day walking to work but then I go into an office trying to support positive change all around the world. Is one better than the other?