Do you like to help people? Do you want to make a difference? Do you know the best ways to address social injustice in your community?
Maybe you’re overwhelmed by everything that’s wrong with the world, or maybe you’re a rockstar humanitarian who’s dedicating your life to helping those in need.
Either way, injustice demands a response and these are five (5) effective ways you can easily fight social injustice in your community and the world.
1. Give Your Time
Did you know it’s estimated that 143 to 210 million children are orphaned worldwide?
In the United States alone there are almost 400,000 children living in the foster care system. Without families, parents, or positive influencers in their lives, these kids are 10-15% more likely to attempt suicide than their peers, the girls are 60% more likely to end up in prostitution, and 70% of the boys become ruthless criminals.
There’s injustice in the world that springboards from the plight of the society’s most vulnerable, especially children.
By donating a few hours of your time, you can make the difference in the life of a child and thwart a systemic, root cause of injustice.
The same holds true for giving your energies at homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and yes, even animal shelters.
2. Give Your Voice
It’s estimated that over 20 million people are victims of human trafficking at any given moment. Over 55% of these victims are women and children with 90% of victims trafficked into the private sector, at least 22% for sexual exploitation.
Slaves aren’t being heard.
You can lend your voice and amplify the ones of those who cannot be heard. Organizations such as the International Justice Mission, Redeemed Ministries, and Hope for Justice are all looking for people like you to lend your voice to their cause and help them abolish human trafficking around the world.
You can even leverage your influence at work, school, church, or via social media by organizing fundraising and awareness campaigns to shed light on issues concerning human trafficking, racial injustice, or more.
3. Give Your Resources
Did you know that on average, American households give 0.9 – 2.2% of their income — and that’s it? In fact, more people outside of the church give than people who are inside of the church!
And just because you make more money you doesn’t mean you’re more generous. In fact, the less money you have, the more likely you are to give it away.
Jeff Goins once said, “You don’t have thanks, you give it.”
During the holiday seasons, we frequently boast about the many ‘blessings’ in our life. The rest of the year, we might think we’re grateful, but we express that gratitude less.
But if a steady income, work, or food on the table are some of the things you’re thankful for, why not give some of that away?
I’m not about to tell you how to spend your money, but I know that for what it cost you to spend a night out with friends, you could help get an innocent person out of jail, help a widow start a business, pay the trial fees for a trafficked victim’s story to be heard in court, and much more.
TIP: See how else your financial resources can impact the world through IJM’s Gift Catalog.
4. Give Up Bad Habits
What about coffee? Does the “fair trade” label really mean farmers were paid well for their crop, or was selling to a co-op the only way they could sell their coffee?
We develop habits, whether by what we consume, what we wear, or how we live that can have rippling effects we never directly see around the world.
But we can begin cultivating habits and behaviors that resonate in life-giving ways with the global community around us.
Want an eye-opening exercise? Find out how many slaves work for you (it sounds harsh — but it’s supposed to be). Consider shopping locally, as it’s often a safer and more ethical way to buy, and also supports small businesses in the process.
You can also take up recycling and find ways to reduce your carbon footprint so we don’t leave the planet smoldering in plastic for our children’s children.
5. Give Where It Challenges You the Most
Honestly, giving is easy and addictive. Over time, donating to charities, spending time with kids or the homeless, and even lending your voice can become second nature.
So what do you do then?
Give where it challenges you the most. I’m reminded of what David said when making an offering to the LORD, “I will not make a sacrifice that costs me nothing” (2 Sam 24.24).
You’ll notice some of the most effective ways I think you can fight social injustice is simply through the act of giving.
True justice gives. It restores. It delivers. It fulfills promises. It empowers. And most of all, it demonstrates the transformative power and reality of God’s kingdom.
When giving two hours out of your week no longer seems like a challenge, give four. When giving away 10% of your income is no longer difficult, give away 20%!
Perhaps you’ll be most challenged by standing beside those who have had injustice enacted against them; maybe experiencing solidarity with those who are suffering can unroot the injustice buried in your own heart.
Never become complacent and never settle for the status quo in how you seek to transform injustice into justice!
What are some other effective ways you address social injustice? Leave your suggestions in the comments!