Thursday, 18 February 2010 08:42
Jonathan is a senior in Engineering:
World Vision ACT:S (formerly Acting on AIDS) is a gathering of Christians who are trying to figure out what it means to follow Jesus in context of our global neighborhood. What does it look like to speak up and judge fairly; to defend the rights of the poor and needy (Proverbs 31:8-9)? How do we, as students at the University of Illinois, respond to the overwhelming injustices happening thousands of miles away? What does our faith actually have to say about these issues?
At our meetings, we take time to educate ourselves on a variety of social justice issues as well as stay in the scriptures. Additionally, we plan events that raise both funds and awareness. As eyes are opened, we strive to develop world-changers who will live with a spirit of humility and giving. Our God calls us to a religion that looks after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep ourselves from being polluted by the world (James 1:27).
It is this call that drives my passion for social justice… and this call is not a burden: it is a privilege. Who am I that God chooses to use me in His redemptive plans for this world? It's really quite amazing that I get to be a part of incarnating His Kingdom on earth through my heart and my actions for justice. Knowing Jesus has surely given me a purpose that trumps any "American Dream."
World Vision ACT:S meets at 8pm on Wednesdays in 127 English Building