As Google Fiber comes to Nashville, promising faster broadband to certain neighborhoods, the company has asked communities to make noise about getting Fiber and promising that the loudest will get Fiber first. However, this competitive approach to business can leave the poor behind who have other, more immediate concerns. Pastors in Nashville have taken up their cause, asking Google to make poor neighborhoods a top priority.
Why this story matters for church leaders:
Church leaders can advocate for the poor and disadvantaged to great effect when they join together in a common cause.
- Unintended Consequences: While challenging communities to make noise for a new product is good marketing, it’s also bad for equality when poor communities don’t have time to make noise for a new service.
- Working for Justice: Justice is a major concern in the Bible, taking up the cause of those suffering injustice.
- A “Relevant” Church: By engaging a contemporary issue impacting their community, these pastors are demonstrating that the church remains relevant and vital.
What is one challenge facing your community where you can advocate for justice on behalf of others?
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