Thursday, September 21, 2006
In class we often discuss religion as a cause/excuse/explanation for many evils. Today's global scenarios make it easy to forget the role of religion in many acts of good. Today a lecture was delivered called "Why Good People Do Nothing". I went noting the obvious relation to our class. My first reaction was that of being put off by the Christian undertones (although the sponsorship by the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship could have tipped me off) until I put the whole thing in a different perspective. The speaker represented the International Justice Mission, which currently seeks out and fights global human justice issues such as slavery, illegal detention and corrupt police activity, sexual assault, and sex trafficking. The presentation described case studies and facts that nobody could deny as awful reminders of the human rights abuses over world. I have a propensity to be turned off by faith-based organizations, they make me uncomfortable and although I did feel that slightly during the presentation, I have a new understanding and appreciation for organizations such as this that truly root out evil and apply plausible multi-dimensional solutions. Though the global problems brought up were not new to me, it got me thinking more about the many people for whom religion is a strong factor in encouraging goodness, which sadly I had forgotten about.