Culture is a system of truth claims and moral obligations.
Culture is a product of history
Culture is intrinsically dialectical
Culture is a resource and, as such, a form of power
Cultural production and symbolic capital are stratified in a fairly rigid structure of “center” and “periphery”
Culture is generated within networks
Culture is neither autonomous nor fully coherent
I just finished reading The Compassion Revolution: How God Can Use You to Meet the Worlds Greatest Needs by Dave Donaldson, cofounder of Convoy of Hope. It is one of the better social justice books I have read this year. Here are three reasons I enjoyed the book. First, the chapters are short and to the point. I never read more than one chapter per day, and it fit my busy schedule perfectly. Second, each chapter is filled with stories that inspire action. More than once I finished a chapter with tears in my eyes. Third, nearly every chapter has a “What Can I Do? Practical Ways to Make a Difference…” section. There are over 50 different suggestions that are both simple and concrete.
At the end of the book Donaldson offers a “Declaration of Compassion,” and although he calls it a “work in progress,” I find the declarations worth sharing!
Compassion revolutionaries become aware of the depth and immensity of the needs of others.
Compassion revolutionaries recognize the biblical imperative to care for the needs of “the least of these.”
Compassion revolutionaries challenge the perception that the problem is too big to be fixed, and they catch the vision of being the hands and feet of Jesus.
Compassion revolutionaries change their priorities so more time and resources can flow to others. They don’t allow self-interest to completely determine their decisions and votes, but consider how their choices affect the poor and needy.
Compassion revolutionaries reach out to meet needs worldwide without neglecting the needs in their own backyard.
Compassion revolutionaries look for ways to cooperate with others to bring about healing and change.
Compassion revolutionaries find the joy and fulfillment that comes from making a difference in other people’s lives.
What do you think?