There are two sides to every story.
Kony2012, Invisible Children's latest film and campaign, is taking the Internet by storm. Facebook and Twitter are blowing up with people sharing and re-posting the video. It's 30 minutes long, so I took some time to sit back and watch it this morning. And what I saw was gripping: the story of Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, abusing children by turning them into sex slaves and child soldiers.
The story was also familiar - I watched the Invisible Children movie when I was in middle school, and I was immediately taken by its content. I even ordered the bracelets and movies to support the organization. But after reading articles like this one, I'm not so sure about IC's legitimacy. Should we really be promoting the organization and sending them money? Don't get me wrong; I wholeheartedly agree that Joseph Kony should be stopped. We live in a fallen world and his actions demonstrate just how broken it is. I simply want people to know the background information before blindly supporting the campaign. Like I said, there are two sides to every story.
Sides aside (woah, look what I did there!), the most interesting part about the Kony2012 movement is the way it spread like wildfire, seemingly overnight. The video went viral, but I can't help but wonder: What if we used the power of social media to spread Jesus' name instead of Kony's? Imagine seeing the Gospel message all over your Facebook Newsfeed; Imagine seeing Jesus go viral.
Now that would be something.