We want to give voice to you, the people of the Love In Stereo community. You are people who are living lives that are loud and full of love. We want people to hear what you have to say. Today: Meet Caroline.

Caroline currently lives and works in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. By day she’s a guidance counselor at a bi-lingual school and in all other hours she devotes her time and heart to people in a variety of ways. We wanted you to meet this awesome girl and for you to hear what she has to say about movements.

A little while back, I mused my frustrations on my personal blog about the fashion of movements these days.

I rambled on about the ultra distracted, rarely committed, highly energized generation we seem to have become. Our obsession with trends, revolution, and being a part of something “bigger than ourselves” with buzzwords like “countercultural” is a thin veneer. Sometimes, the “make a difference” slogans and painted posters in picket lines advertise self-promotion instead of a cause. We are deathly afraid our lives won’t matter, so we join the loudest crowd, learn their clever chants, and march in their lines, hoping our existence will amount to something.

It scares me to think about what will happen when the fad passes… when it is less trendy to identify with the broken and hurting in our world…

When we realize the $80 shoes aren’t that cute and we’ll never meet those barefoot kids. When we realize how awkward it is to wear a shirt that has the words “sex” and “trafficking” in bold letters.
When we realize the chants we are shouting actually require us to buy less, have less, and give more.
What happens then?

I’m not always this cynical, but I want to ask these questions of myself and our generation because I am concerned. I’m not worried. I believe the Creator of the universe has a plan to restore all of creation and that plan cannot fail.

I am concerned because we are given a very clear, very serious command to respond (not just with angry outbursts and clever marketing) in a very human way to the needs we see in this world (Isaiah 58).

I hope we can understand that at the end of the day, after all the cause-claiming blogs have been written and all the cause-supporting merchandise has been sent, that caring for the broken, the hurting, and the needy in this world is first and foremost a human responsibility. We can give up on t-shirts and recycled bags or move on to the next fad, but let us not lose sight of what is most important…

If the roots of our motivation reach deeper than trends to the rich soil of God’s heart, we will see that responding to the needs of the broken is not a cause…

Some of my favorites:
Nomi Network
Dalit Freedom Network
Gospel for Asia
nternational Justice Mission
Strategic World Impact

We want to hear from you! We’d love to feature you as part of Voices in Stereo. What are you passionate about? What’s something you’d like to share with the Love In Stereo community? hello@loveinstereo.com

One Comment

  1. Nettles Fozzybottom:

    This is too true! I bet they call you “too true Caroline.” Thanks for sharing and blessing me.

    Your Friend,

    11:48 pm on December 15th, 2010

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