Refusing to Just Stand By
Christians were never supposed to be passive. As Josh Wilson puts it in his song I Refuse, we’re not called to “just want to close our eyes and act like everyone’s alright.” We know the world is not ok, and the Bible is perfectly clear that we are to be actively pursuing justice.
A couple quick examples from the book of James:
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
And the most well-known:
For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
– James 2:26
The instructions are clear. We need to be involved in the world, and going on mission trips can be a great way to do something.
This song echoes the words of so many people coming back from mission trips. When you come back from serving, you don’t want it to end. You don’t want to go back to the way you were.
I don’t want to live like I don’t care.
I don’t want to say another empty prayer.
Oh, I refuse to sit around and wait for someone else
To do what God has called me to do myself.
I could choose not to move.
But I refuse.
I think this song works really well for a mission trip video or theme because it’s about getting up and doing something. For most of us, the problem isn’t that we don’t see a need, it’s that we hope someone else will take care of it. It’s easy to say a prayer and hope someone else responds to God’s call.
But if we “know we are the hands and feet of You, oh God,” then we should be refusing. We should be refusing to sit around and wait for someone else to do what God has called us to do ourselves.
We can’t always do everything, but we can always refuse to do nothing.
The song itself has good energy, easily discernible lyrics, and is 3:27 long. I think it would work very well over a mission trip photo montage in a video. Released as a single in 2010, it’s from Josh Wilson’s 2011 CD See You.
Here’s a lyric video: