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Kony 2012

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Very striking watching the video “Kony 2012.”   There is a piece of humanity, a part deeply embedded in our souls that responds to causes like this – that simply knows.

The phrase “What would Jesus do?” is often misapplied.  Christ’s concern is not about many of things we believe it to be.  Justice, Mercy – those strike closest to His heart and closest to our mission on the planet.

The video and the organization that produced it received criticisms from various quarters.  And it is not for me to weigh in on the validity of those critiques, many of which center around finances.  It is important to note that none of that criticism appears to center around a defense of Kony’s alleged crimes.  As the ICC indictment reads ….

“The 33 criminal counts against Joseph Kony include 12 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder, rape, enslavement, sexual enslavement, and inhumane acts of inflicting serious bodily injuries and suffering, and 21 counts of war crimes, including murder, cruel treatment of civilians, intentionally directing an attack against a civilian population, pillaging, inducing rape and forced enlistment of children…”

Kony’s acts are clearly barbarous.  The video appeals to a different side of our humanity – the better angels of our nature.  That is why it went viral.  It tells a simple moral lesson, and tells it well.