I believe that many passions stem from things that we want to see changed - things that we have a "beef" with. For example, I have one big issue (with smaller issues that fall underneath) that I hate:
Bondage. I hate oppression - spiritual and physical. Since I was young, I have connected with this verse as if Jesus had spoken it right into my heart instead of Isaiah's:
This is the kind of fasting I want: free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. (Isa. 58:6)Underneath this, however, there are some specific things that I feel a burning passion to change:
International Justice Mission is my favorite organization so far because they work on the political side to help make a lasting difference.
Religions that teach lies. This is at the Basilica in Mexico City. There is a large courtyard before you reach the very elaborate cathedral. And if you look in the background of this picture, you'll find people on their knees. Nope, they're not thanking God for his forgiveness through Christ, they're paying for their own. They drag their knees, sometimes until they bleed, in penance for their own sins, totally taking away the freedom Christ already paid for. This is not the only religion that requires followers to work hard for rightness with God; there are so many. I want badly for them to know God's true freedom.
What's your beef?
Where's your passion?