It seems like being "woke" has become the new fad. It's as if the hashtag #BLM and posting about the latest blue on black violence just for the sake of being viewed as "woke" has become the "in" thing to do.
But where's the righteous indignation that rises up from seeing injustice that leads action? Where's the holy discontent that leads to personal life change? Are we just posting to show that we "angry" -- or are we having real conversations that lead to real change? And where's the hope? Is anger just something that increases with no sense of hope for something better? In the midst of being filled with rage are we also being filled with faith? For the saints, what has God been saying to you, to us, and to the world? Or have we been too "woke" that we have not been listening to His voice on these issues?
A social media post doesn't make you righteous. A tweet doesn't make you "woke." A comment on someone's wall doesn't mean you are living a life that leads to the change you want to see. Being angry is cool, if it leads to something productive. But being angry with no movement towards hope isn't a life worth living. And anger without moving toward hope isn't going to compel others who aren't so "woke" to join you.
Social media doesn't have to control us. We don't have to prove we are "woke" every time another incident takes place. Whether we choose to make our voice heard on social media or not--let's choose to be people of hope. Let's choose be people that turn our anger and rage into opportunities to seek hope and faith. Let's turn our "wokeness" to a righteous indignation that compels change in our lives and the culture we live in. Let's not be "woke" because it's popular to be "woke." Let's be "woke" because it leads to hope.
Timothy Holmes is a husband, hip hop artist, and full-time campus missionary with INTERVARSITY Christian Fellowship at John Jay College. Tim uses his passion for music and spoken word to break down the barriers of race, class, denominations, and religion that keep people from experiencing the goodness of Jesus. Tim was born and raised in the South Bronx, where he currently resides with his wife. Visit Tim's website at www.teeholmes.com