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The Burden of Fighting

Published on August 14, 2018 by Mallory Mishler

As a long-time-lover of justice, I was beyond myself with excitement to spend a whole week with Micah and Toran learning about the very thing that has wrecked me, shaped me, molded me, and driven me to actions as crazy as flying across the world to spend a summer in Zambia: learning about and fighting for justice. Years ago, the Lord began breaking my heart for what breaks His and showing me in so many ways how this world does not reflect the peace, righteousness, and beauty of the Kingdom of Heaven. I began saying to myself and others throughout my college years, “Once you know about an injustice, you don’t have to do anything about it, but you can never again say you didn’t know.” This kind of thinking pushed me to do a lot of fighting – and I mean a lot. It was good, but it was exhausting, reflective of the weakness of my own flesh trying to hold a burden that was never meant for me to carry alone, desperately aching to fight a battle that I will always be powerless in if I am not walking in step with the One who created all things, the One who created justice, the One who has already won the battle and is waiting restlessly for the day we can all come peacefully to His kingdom, free from every burden that shackled us in this world. Although I have been passionate about justice for a long time, I have also been exhausted, powerless, and overwhelmed with the messy giant of injustice and an altogether incompetent opponent.

At Poetice, you will find people who tell you that the only answer to injustice is Jesus. They will tell you that although there is illiteracy, although there is oppression, although there is hunger, the first answer is not school fees, nor safe housing, nor food, nor business loans. The first answer has to be Jesus, otherwise, there will be no transformation. Ultimately, He is the only one who can transform hearts and lives, who can bring change, who can bring justice in the midst of pain, oppression, and who can fight the long fight without burning out. When we surrender everything to the King of Kings, not only are we free from the burden of fighting an impossible fight, but we get to co-labor with the One who has already won the battle and wants to use us in the process of making all things new on Earth. Not only this, but we have the responsibility as His Children to step out of the comfort of our lives and stand against injustice with God, whenever and wherever He calls us. When we look at the world, it can be easy to cry out, “God, where are you in all of this mess?” The truth is, where God is in this mess is exactly wherever we are, as we are His hands and feet on the Earth and are the ones who get the joy of working together to bring the Kingdom here in every way, today, tomorrow, and every day until our Jesus comes back.

When we see injustice in the world, we as Christians do not have the right to look the other way and hope someone else will do something about it. We must lay down ourselves, our lives, and even our picture of what the right answer might be, and let the Lord use us to bring change, freedom and hope to our broken world. My approach to injustice has been transformed by my time as an intern at Poetice, much in the same way that my life, heart, and personal brokenness has been transformed by the love of the Almighty God who leaves the 99 to go after the 1, who wants to see all of us whole, and then use us to change the entire world. I can rest in the knowledge that it is not me alone who could even begin to heal the wounds of this world, but also stand up with eagerness to be used, knowing also that my life will be a waste if I am not actively working to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth, right alongside my good Father.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mallory Mishler – 2018 Immersion Intern