He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 (NIV)
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, then you’ve seen all of the civil unrest going on in the country due to the deaths of unarmed men including Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Ezell Ford. These incidents have incited outrage in many. People have been protesting all over the country.
If you’re a Bible-toting mom like myself who believes in justice and advocating on the behalf of the least of these (Matthew 25:40-45), you’re probably wondering how you can get involved when you have little ones at home. Well, here are some ways you can fight against injustice and keep your little ones out of harm’s way.
1. Cry Aloud and Spare Not via Social Media
Thanks to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, you can voice your issues and concerns. You can give voice to those who don’t have a voice. You literally have the world at your fingertips. It was said that CNN chose to provide 24-hour live footage of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri because of the demand on social media. Don’t underestimate the power of your online influence and power.
You can also use social media to tell the stories the media chooses not to tell. Oftentimes, mainstream media tells a partial story or doesn’t tell the story at all of the disenfranchised. You can use your blog, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram accounts to tell the stories no one wants to touch.
2. Write Letters and Make Phone Calls
Every governmental agency, police station, etc. has a website. You can find the email addresses and telephone numbers for police commissioners, state senators, city mayors, and even the White House. Express your concern. It is our responsibility to hold those in authority accountable. Let them know you are invested in what’s going on by writing letters and making phone calls. You can also organize massive letter writing groups with other moms. There is power in numbers. Your children don’t have to stop you from getting involved!
3. Teach Your Children
In Joshua 4 after the nation of Israel finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord told Joshua to select 12 men to place 12 stones in the middle of the river. The Lord told him the stones would serve as a memorial for the next generation of what the Lord did for them. In the same way, we have to include our children in our efforts to combat injustice. We should use these moments as opportunities to teach and equip them, so that they too will advocate for righteousness and justice. Now is the perfect time to teach your children about the Civil Rights Movement, police brutality, Dr. Martin Luther King, and Fannie Lou Hamer, just to name a few.
There are many resources available to help parents. If God thought it was important to create an opportunity for the Israelites’ children to learn about their history, why should we shield our children from our history?
As mothers, we are not confined to only staging “nurse ins.” We can get involved in many issues to affect change in this country and in the world.
What are your thoughts? Do you know of any other ways SAHM’s can get involved?