My Thoughts on the Jason Russell Issue and the Response the Internet Has Had.
I posted this on The Next Generation and decided to post here as well.
For those of you who live under a rock or just spend their time more productive and not on the internet, three weeks ago Invisible Children released a video called “Kony 2012,” raising awareness on the Lord’s Resistance Army and Joseph Kony. Joseph Kony has been abducting children and forcing to do things no child should ever have to do. They rape the girls and give guns to the boys, forcing them to kill their friends and families.
About a week ago the video (click here to view it) just blew up. In roughly two days there were millions of people that were tweeting about Kony 2012 (the campaign to make him famous, NOT celebrate him) and watching the video. It was incredible to see and to see the internet coming together for one cause was fantastic.
And then the internet did what the internet does best: they began to spit hate. Both sides of opinions (for and against) began hating. The side against began questioning the motives and hating on Invisible Children. Then the people for Invisible Children began hating on the haters of Invisible Children.
The controversy and hate just got worse.
Jason Russell, the director of the Kony 2012 video was detaned by the police last night and taken to a hospital. I’m not going to get into that right now, because that’s not what the point of this post is. If you want to learn more, please read this article and then continue reading what I have to say, if you want to.
You see, the thing I want to write about is not the fact that what he did was wrong, but I really want to address the response I have seen online about this.
The response is disgusting.
The people on the internet just kind of gave up on Jason Russell. They seem to have decided that his mistakes overrule the cause that he was working towards. They seem to care more about what he did in the last 24 hours than what he has accomplished in the last few years with Invisible Children.
It’s true, I don’t agree with what he did, but I’m not giving up on him. I don’t endorse his actions last night, but I endorse the fact that he is actually doing something to stop an evil in this world. That’s something worth talking about.
I refuse to hate on him because of his public mistake. If I began spewing hate towards him because of his mistakes, what would that say about the God that forgave me of my mistakes?
I encourage believers and anyone who is reading this to start praying for him. Because what he needs is love. A love that says, “Jason, I forgive you.” A love that says, “Jason, you were worth it for me.”
What he needs is the love of Jesus Christ. I don’t know where he stands in Christ, but what he needs is the unfailing love of Christ in him.
Jason Russell also needs support from Christians.
It pains me to think that the receivers of the most grace one could ever imagine are the ones not spreading grace to a man who needs it.
Will you join me in praying for Jason and to continue believing in his work and praying that he will receive the greatest love one could ever receive.
Let’s spread radical grace to him and shower him and his family with prayer.
We are the next generation. It’s time to spread some grace.