The episode, titled "Hell", did a great job of painting Kony and his "Lord's Resistance Army" as the terrors that they are and it moved me to educate myself about this man and his "army".
I'm glad I did.
Recently, a video put out by the humanitarian group "Invisible Children" details some of the atrocities committed at the direction of Kony and what exactly must be done to capture him and end the madness caused by this wretched warlord.
I'm not tech savvy, but from a lay perspective, the video seemed very well done and I think all Christians would agree that we have a duty to assist our African brothers and sisters in helping their communities protect themselves from Kony's forces.
However, as I watched the video, I became uncomfortable at the secular humanism and utopianism sprinkled throughout the video.
The idea behind the whole project is that man working by himself, apart from God, can create a world of peace and justice on human merit alone.
In other words: "thanks but no thanks, God, we can rebuild our world without your help".
An idea that is as old as the Tower of Babel.
What is worse is that Christians are buying this idea without a second thought!
Excuse me, but when did social justice become an end, itself, rather than the means to an end, namely, men and women in the fold of God?
Do we really believe it's possible for man to create a world of peace and justice devoid of God?
How deep is that kind of "peace"?
And how valuable is that kind of "justice"?
The world needs to know that not only is not in fallen man's capability to right every wrong and cure all societal ills, but that ultimately when our social justice endeavors are divorced from the gospel they mean nothing.
I'm not saying they are damaged or that they hold only little value.
I mean nothing.
What does it profit a Ugandan child to be rescued from the the LRA, live a long, happy life and die and go to hell because he saw that man didn't need God to "make the world a better place"?
Or what is gained when the Church plays footsie with worldly philosophies that put man on par with God and eclipse the gospel?
When we make social justice an end and fool ourselves into believing we can effect that end apart from God, we are working against the truth of the gospel and souls will suffer as a result.
When we divorce justice from God, we are left with a form of godliness with absolutely no power.
Let me say clearly, I don't believe that Christians abstain from secular social justice endeavors.
What I'm saying is that the Body must not fall into the trap of thinking that social justice can be effectively separated from the Just One himself or that man, apart from, God can transcend his human nature and make a perfect world of peace and love.
Only in the superficial realm can man make progress, so if you want real change you'd better be preaching Christ crucified and working by his power.
Whenever we help others we need to do so in the name of the One who's name is Hope and Justice.
In the name of Jesus will the nations put their hope and then and only then will we experience the whole of Peace and Justice ~
He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8