Picture the scene – a festival on an exotic private island, with famous celebrities, a $1m treasure hunt, top notch food and any music act you want. Sounds too good to be true right? That’s because it was. For those who are yet to watch either Fyre Festival documentary, it may surprise you to hear the reality was much, much worse. Attendees found themselves stranded in an unfinished festival site, fighting for disaster relief tents, shoddy sandwiches and cancelled music acts. What can we learn from all this? It’s that influence is king.
No man is an island
Fyre’s initial success was based on the people backing it. No, I’m not quite talking about Ja Rule. Gathering a group of vocal celebrities and influencers did more for Fyre Festival than a brochure ever could. To some degree I don’t even think the USP of a party island mattered. Instead the power of influence was the key. Ultimately people want something to be a part of. Fyre festival just happened to be the wrong thing to get behind. But look back in history and you’ll see any successful social movement was never down to just one person. There may be prominent leaders, but success requires a group effort. Like Micah Bournes said, the Civil Rights movement was more than just Martin Luther King Jr.
The world needs brave pioneers who take the first step of faith and then shout back to say the path is good. Will you be one of those pioneers? When we think about ending poverty, it can feel like such an overwhelming task. That’s because it is. But instead of Fyre’s Billy, we have Jesus leading the way for all of us. Jesus came ‘to bring good news to the poor… to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind; to set free the oppressed and announce that the time has come when the Lord will save his people.” (Luke 4:18-19).
Will you join this cause? We may not have the same reach as a Kendall Jenner or even a Ja Rule, but each of us has a corner of the world we can influence. Whether it’s at university, work, amongst family and friends or wherever else, we can inspire others to help end poverty with us.
Reaching the promised land
Ultimately Fyre Festival was always an empty promise. Made up as it went along, it ran out of steam until there was nothing of substance left. But we serve a God who’s plan of restoration was 1000s of years in the making. And it’s a plan that requires us, as believers, to be the hands and feet of God. We believe in the promise of a better world, where there is justice for all. But instead of biding time, our everyday actions can be prophetic statements of the world we want to see. It’s not enough for us to advertise a better world, God calls us to demonstrate it through taking action against injustice.
So start using your influence to change the world today. And you don’t have to feel alone in it – there’s plenty of opportunities to gather with like-minded people. Together we can end poverty.
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