Karl Vaters: You’re Allowed to Care About One Thing Without Campaigning for Everything

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So you’ve found something you care about.

You’re involved. You feel like you’re making a difference.

Then you post about it on social media. Not to brag, just because that’s what you do with causes you care about.

Most of the responses are positive and uplifting, but there are one or two who snap back at you with “Really? You’re doing that? Well what about …?” and they name another cause similar to the one you’re involved in. “Don’t you know if you’re involved in your thing you’re supposed to be involved in my thing? If not, you’re a hypocrite!”

You Can’t Do Everything

It can be about anything, and from any political or theological viewpoint.

  • Concerned about racial injustice? Then you’d better get in line about women’s rights, too.
  • Raising money for an abused women’s shelter? How can you not be helping out at the equal pay rally?
  • Does your church support overseas missions? Then you’d better support the local soup kitchen.

(Or vice versa on any of those.)

One of two things typically happens when we experience pushback like this. First, we try to make everyone happy, only to burn ourselves out doing too much. Second, we shy away from doing anything because it’s easier to stay under the radar and not be criticized.

But that’s no way to live or do ministry.

Instead, we need to have the courage of our convictions and stay in the lane where we can have the most impact.

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Source: Christianity Today