How to make a small difference, a lesson from Obadiah (@darrenrhill)

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Last month, looking at Amos, I questioned whether my online concern was matched by my offline actions. This month, looking at Obadiah, I have felt a strange case of, hold on, do I need rethink that?

The book of Obadiah points out that Edom, Israel’s close relation in the physical and the family way, hadn’t lifted a finger to help in times of need. In fact, over the years, the enmity between the two nations was palpable.

The prophet pointed this out, showing that the pride Edom had shown was about to be matched by a mighty fall. Edom would be punished by God for its lack of compassion, concern and help. Meanwhile, God’s chosen people would be blessed and be a great people again, once the current situation was resolved.

This got me thinking again about how I live as a digital disciple. The prompts to sign this and that online petition, to support an urgent need by sharing a post to my Facebook wall or donating to the latest needy indiegogo campaign continue to appear before me. Normally I don’t act on these, unless I am able to really get involved and offer complete support. Thanks to Amos, I felt justified in this, but Obadiah has me rethinking.

Edom was punished as a nation. This meant from the highest in the land to the least, they had all been part of the problem. The old adage if you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem was ringing in my ear as I read this chilling prophecy. Should I be taking part in each and every campaign that flashes before me? Should I be doing my part, however small and tiny and seemingly insignificant that may be? By not involving myself am I acting like an individual from Edom? I may not be able to do much, but someone I share online with might. By doing something insignificant, something significant may happen.

Obadiah may not have changed me completely. I won’t be covering my Facebook wall and tumblr feed with every prompt to share. However, I will be looking a little closer at what I can do and how I can help in my own humble way. For as we see with Edom, humility would have been a better path to tread than pride.

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