Darfur Fast for Life

We fast in solidarity with the hungry and starving in Darfur and for lasting peace in Sudan

darfur fast blog #5 day three, impossible to ignore

May 14, 2009 By: Admin Category: Jon Foreman

so it’s 11:56 on wednesday night… day three of the fast. I’m planning on breaking my fast at midnight.

I’ve just received word that the sudanese forces carried out a bombing raid on North Darfur today. And then this: In an IDP camp in west Darfur they ran out of water completely. I feel tremendously sad. Frustrated by the injustices and and feeling ridiculously small in the face of it all.

Tonight I pass the baton to a hero of mine, peter gabriel who be fasting for the next three days. It’s a sobering thought, the luxury of being able to go back to food and while millions cannot.

I might be an idealist. I might not have a political mind. But I do know that something is off.

And I take a look at a nation of excess, (including my own) and I wonder why we as a nation aren’t involved in what many are calling the paramount international human-rights crisis — the Darfur genocide. Speaking of Darfur during his campaign, Obama said: “As president of the United States, I don’t intend to abandon people.” Yet he is. About genocide, he said, “We can’t say ‘never again’ and allow it to happen again.” But it is happening again.

With the U.S. budget deficit on track to rise to a record setting 1.84 trillion dollars in the current fiscal year, we remain uncommitted to Darfur. As a nation we are literally living on borrowed money, borrowing from the future to pay for the present. And yet, the staggering loss of human life in Darfur is not on our national priority list. With our budget we are declaring what is most important to our nation. In our excess we are abandoning Darfur.

Mother Theresa said this: “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.” I am so convicted by her words.

I want to be a part of the solution. I want to laugh with those who laugh, weep with those who weep, and suffer with those who suffer. I have lost much of my childlike faith in the government, but I have a hope for justice still. Maybe God alone can bring about final justice, but in this life I feel we are called to pursue it with our flesh and blood. If Christ was best known for his death, “laying down his life for his friends” then shouldn’t his followers do likewise? serving and loving those in need? These are not things I can do on my own. I need your help. we all need a community to thrive in, to challenge us… to threaten us with abundant living.

This is our world. It’s what you and me and the millions of other souls on our planet make it. This is your darfur, my darfur… Our chance to act or pretend that we don’t care. Whatever your personal religious convictions may be, the tragedy in Darfur is impossible to ignore.

6 Comments to “darfur fast blog #5 day three, impossible to ignore”

  1. Matt B. says:

    Wow, doesn’t that just about sum it up. Living overseas has helped to give me a much better appreciation for what we have in the United States. We are bombarded by so many advertisements that we think we somehow have it bad if we don’t have the latest iPod! Give me a break! It is time that we really start looking around and appreciating what we have – and spending some of our excess time and money giving into things that affect real lives – things that really matter. For Christians, that should be the priority, instead of bickering over whether the carpet in the sanctuary should be red or blue.

    Thankfully there are people out there that care – we just need to be the kindling that gets the real fire started. Without that, situations like this will continue to increase as time goes on.

  2. Maureen K. says:

    Thank you Jon.

  3. Jeanette Schwartz says:

    Partnering with Sudanese Christians who desire to work from within to provide relief and create change might be the most powerful way to help at this point. I refer anyone interested to sudansunrise.org for more information.

  4. Jon my brother — you are so right on with your words of wisdom/insight and more importantly actions. We americans are so blessed and take the world for granted. why is it so hard for people, and especially Christians (I don’t even like using the “label” ‘Christians’ anymore – I don’t know what it means anymore, so diluted) to act in a meaningful way? The abundant, overcommitted, ‘living beyond one’s means’ life seems like an insatiable habit harder to break than someone on heroin. I pray the church will rise up … individuals, believers will make the commitment to live for something beyond themselves and spill hope for the hopeless. Blessings.

  5. William says:

    Jon, you don’t know me, but I shook your hand at The Rescue in Kansas City (for those who want to know what I’m talking about, visit invisiblechildren.com). Thank you for what you’ve done for the people of Darfur and for those suffering in other places as well. You’ve been an inspiration to me and I’m sure you have been to many others as well. You made an impact on my life. Thank you brother.

  6. jon, have you? or have you ever thought about writing a song for darfur? i just think that would be really really awesome. thanks for this 🙂 i think i may fast for a few days.