In a study conducted by the University of British Columbia it was found that people who demonstrated support for causes and organizations on social media, were actually less likely to donate money or time at a later date.
Eugene Cho, author of "Overrated" believes when we talk about justice or about generosity, the focus tends to be on the other person that we are trying to help. The book was written as a personal confession, where Eugene examined his own heart as he speaks with people at his church and friends around him.
Even though Eugene knew all the data and issues on poverty and justice, his trip to Myanmar some time ago struck him in a deep and profound way. He was visiting a make-shift school in the jungle. And on the chalkboard of the classroom, he saw a graphic photo collage of men, women and children with body parts missing and blood oozing out of them. It was placed there as a warning to the children to be careful of the land mines that are all over in the jungle.
On that same day, he also found out that one of the biggest challenges in up-keeping the make-shift school was paying the salary of the teachers - $40 a year. The disparity in our world strike hard in Eugene's heart.
While the issues of development and poverty are complicated, there is truth in the words of Mother Teresa. Sometimes, we get so paralyzed by the enormity of injustice and poverty that we would do nothing about it. That should not be the case, especially for the people of faith.
As followers of Christ, it is almost innate in us to love justice, mercy and compassion. This is part of the Father's heart. Yet if we are truly honest about this, we love justice, mercy and compassion until there is a personal cost.
Thus in his book, Eugene encourages readers to count the cost and stay the course. Run the race of endurance and be faithful to the things that God has called us to. He is pouring convictions into all of us.
Question is, are we being obedient and faithful?