Sometimes I wonder what battles should be fought, since I’m aware that there are many worthy causes I wish I could fight for. Then I find myself scoffing at battles I don’t feel are ‘good enough’ without realizing that they are just as important. Maybe we don’t realize it as much as we should but all these fights matter.
The list could go on, right? Where to start? Which are the most important and which can be left for some other time? Every one of these issues are important but how do we know which ones need us the most?
We ask “how can we fight for the rights of women in the Middle East when we can’t even save the lives of girls in the womb in our very own country?” But how can we not fight for those women’s rights with the same force we use to fight for the unborn?
Abortion: The death of hundreds of babies a day. Many Christians fight hard against it while others focus more on the children outside the womb, but who’s right? They both are, both are worthy battles when fought with the right motivation.
Discrimination: I have a tendency to scoff at that one saying that the unborn are a more worthy issue to fight. As true as that may be, discrimination is still a problem. I’m not using the term as many do to force religious people to accept homosexual marriage and that your unborn child is your body therefore your ‘choice’. I mean discrimination against religion. For some reason you’re allowed to slam my faith but I’m not allowed to tell you that you can’t kill your unborn child. People scream about equal rights for women, homosexuals, colored, mentally challenged and a million other things but they never stop and think about our First Amendment right: Freedom of Religion.
Persecution: It’s actually a lot closer to home than you’d think. “Christian” has now become a label to use, not a way of living your life for Christ in Christ. It has even, in some cases, becomes a label at which to scoff. Looking at the extreme it’s also a reason many have died in places like Syria and Iraq.
Violence: we see all kinds of violence that happens in many places: from the terror state of ISIS
War: Some people might not realize it but there’s a very dangerous war going on right now in Ukraine. Russia wants to once again become the regain it’s old empire and is now fighting hard to get it. But that’s not all, the Middle East is also in chaos and Mexico is torn apart by drug wars.
Abuse: sometimes we think abuse is far away but it’s actually closer than you might think. Children and adults alike have been subject to it in many ways. According to a United Nations report, Human Trafficking in the United States alone is a $9.5 Billion dollar industry. A US Department of Justice report states that yearly, up to 300,000 children are forced into prostitution. We are not talking some third world country. This is in the United States.
There is no one person that can fight every battle but each person is called to do his or her part. We can’t stand by and watch as bad things happen to our world. This world was a gift from God and he allows evil so as to show us that we need Him but there’s more to it than that. It’s almost like a test to see if we are willing and able to help our neighbor.
The teenage years are the years we use to find ourselves, to try new things, to figure out what we want to do with our lives and to train to be the people we want to be in order to heal our broken world. So now I challenge you: find your passion, discover what battles are calling you to the fight then do everything you can to fight for what you know is right. It can be as simple as defending your faith to your friends and classmates or just bringing your neighbors to the Mass. But that’s not all, I want you each to find something you might not be so passionate about, learn more about it, and see if maybe your calling might be something you never thought it could be. It’s all about experimenting. Sometimes we think that our passions are the most important and we have trouble seeing how others could possibly prefer something else. Find out what makes someone else feel so passionate about something you never thought was important.
(Edited by Henry Bartholomew)
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