Monday, March 10, 2014

Speak. Act.


“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil; God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

A few years ago, on an online forum, I participated in a number of discussions between pro-life and pro-choice writers. I only joined the discussion for a couple of months. The time and effort wasn’t worth it to continue giving the same arguments over and over again. I don’t think anyone was convinced of anything. Most of the people in the group held firmly to the view that they had entered the debate with. It was a battle of world-views which, as usual, no one seemed to win. 

Despite the lack of agreement or consensus, it wasn’t a waste of time. At least, not for me.
Despite the disintegration of many of the threads into personal attacks, despite the fact that no one changed their mind, despite the seeming futility of our position, those of us on that forum who argued for the lives of people who are too young to fight for their own lives did something.
"Whose work is it but your own
to open your eyes?"
George Macdonald

We spoke up. 
We said, “This is wrong.”

And even if no one listens, no one agrees, no one cares, to speak up and say that something is wrong is making a difference. If nothing else, it makes a difference to you. Whether your fight was effective does not matter as much as the fact that you fought for what was right.

If you believe something is wrong, and yet you do not speak, you do not act, you do not make a stand against evil, you are at best useless. 

Don’t be silent. Make your stand. Fight evil, even if it’s a losing battle. Even if, like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, you die for your beliefs and never get the chance to see victory.

If you're an Oregon resident, get involved with the petition currently being circulated to stop taxpayer funded abortion in our state. http://oregon2014.org/ (You can contact me to sign the petition or to get supplies to circulate it yourself, I have extra signature sheets and volunteer handbooks)
Get informed. Read the information on http://www.abort73.com/, an abortion information website intended to educate and inform people about what abortion is. 
Wear an Abort73 t-shirt. They're designed to make people curious and direct them to the website.
And be ready to give an answer when people ask you about it. 

If you believe there is an evil occurring every day in America and across the world, don't be silent.

Speak. 

Act.