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Last week many of us heard of the mission of Invisible Children for the first time. We watched the viral “Kony 2012” video & learned about the atrocities committed by Joseph Kony, an African militia leader.

A few days later, the co-founder of IC & maker of the video, Jason Russell, became a known figure due to some bizarre & sad behaviors. But that is not what I want to share on today. I want that we examine ourselves.

What is it about us that we will jump & criticize this very same man who has, at the very least, brought to the world’s attention a most serious & horrific problem in Uganda? Why do we not offer mercy? Why so quick to judge? Would we not be be wiser to heed what we are told in Scripture:

“Bless those who persecute you; bless & do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.”Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â                   (Romans 12:14-16 NIV).

Jason Russell did something heroic – he awakened us to a problem. He never said he was the answer to the problem. He never said he was perfect. His actions this week pointed out that we all have flaws, we all have breakdowns. But may we extend to him the same hand of kindness that we would want extended to us when we fall.

May we remember him & his family in prayer.

                             “Mercy triumphs over judgment!” (James 2:13 NIV).