KONY 2012 (In case you haven’t read enough.)

March 13, 2012

I was going to post my thoughts on the Invisible Children Kony 2012 campaign, but after reading so many other insightful blogs on the topic, I have nothing to add. So instead, here are links to a few of those so you can form your own opinion (mine is at the end).

First, the record-breaking YouTube video (nearly 77 million views in about twice as many hours):

Up-to-the-minute news coverage from the UK’s The Guardian:  Kony 2012: What’s the Real Story?

A blog  (Paradox Uganda) by missionaries who are there: On Kony and Viruses.

A number of resources posted by Rachel Held Evans:  Some Resources on the Invisible Children Controversy as well as her post on RELEVANT magazine:  Is Kony 2012 Good or Bad?

My opinion, in brief:

  1. Shining a bright light on injustice and causing people to fight evil and protect the innocent is a good thing.
  2. We would do well to be wise as serpents and gentle as doves with regard to our response to a very complex and ongoing situation which is very unfamiliar to most Americans. Any approach should honor the very people who are the objective of the ‘rescue.’
  3. Evil is not one man, wickedness lurks in every heart. Jesus Christ is the only Changer of hearts.

My prayer is that God uses the movement, the controversy, and the conversation to bring justice to innocent people, people to saving grace, and most of all: glory to Himself.

Update — 3.16.12:

A couple of additional resources worth checking out:

Matt Papa’s response to Kony

Michele Perry asks what it really means to love our enemies

Invisible Children CEO Ben Keesey answers some of the questions about Invisible Children that have been raised in the wake of KONY 2012’s viral success


One comment

  1. […] Earlier this week I posted a few links discussing the Kony 2012 controversy. I’ve updated it with a couple of new links that are very compelling. Here is the post on my other blog, Collect Yourself. […]

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