I’ve been a long-time reader of Relevant magazine, a next-generation publication focused on “God, Life, and Progressive Culture.” Relevant increases my understanding of twentysomethings and challenges me to think innovatively about my life, work, and Christianity. On July 1, 2011, the magazine launched a new publication titled Reject/Apathy. I read it from cover to cover when it arrived in my mailbox.
Maybe it’s part youthful enthusiasm but the editors believe that changing the world will come from the active engagement of committed young people more than from a few bickering politicians, many short-term mission trips, or from other well-intentioned people who have tried to help “the poor or the hurting, and instead damaged cultures or enabled a cycle of dependence.” It is easy to assume that the reject/apathy initiative will fade like others before it when the current younger generations starts building careers, raising families and facing bills. But there always are young people who persist to bring change that nobody else thought possible.
To download a free copy of Reject/Apathy, click on www.relevantmagazine.com/reject-apathy. Start by reading the Manifesto on page 2 where five values are listed and five areas of focus built on the belief that “every life is created by God, has a purpose and should be given opportunity to live fully.” As you read the following, ponder how this applies to the work that God has called you to do as a follower of Jesus, people helper or people builder.
Here are the five values:
- Sustainability: the belief that short term interventions often are less effective than long-term self-sustaining initiatives.
- Local-leadership where outsiders are partners rather than controllers.
- A faith-focus, built on the view that true renewal is rooted in Christ.
- Financial transparency and accountability.
- A long-term-view, assuming that lasting change does not come overnight.
The five areas of focus are:
- Loss of innocents focused on child soldiers, sex trafficking, abortion, slavery and other areas where the innocent are abused.
- Creation care.
- Preventable diseases.
- Poverty issues.
This is a tall vision. Reject/Apathy reports on what is being done and ways to be involved. What is your reaction to this? Does it apply to those of us who are older? Please comment.