By Andy Hale
The human race is never short of opinions and stances on any given matter. Just check the trending hashtags on Twitter right now, finding that some of these are headscratchers.
Take, for example, the Academy of Motion Pictures’ snub of actor Steven Yeun for the Best Actor award. Sir Tony puts on a wonderful performance in The Father, but it doesn’t stand up to Yeun in Minari. #YeunOutShinesTheKnightedActor
For many, they have found their voice on social media, discovering they are not alone in their perspective on very challenging matters on race, politics, sexuality, immigration, global warming, and so much more.
Our voices and perspectives matter. But how do we move beyond just voicing our views on social media to taking action against the injustices in our communities?
We sat down with the executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace and the author of Beyond Hashtag Activism, Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, to discuss the connection of our theological convictions and addressing the realities of injustice.
Cannon is also the author of Social Justice Handbook and Just Spirituality, the coeditor of Evangelical Theologies of Liberation and Justice, and an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC).
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Andy Hale is the creator and host of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Podcast. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy