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The Silence of Good People

February 21, 2016

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Don’t you hate it when the loudest and squeakiest wheels among us tend to be the most ignorant?  Why is that?  Could it be because we just don’t have the will to let our own voices be heard….. therefore, surrendering any power we have to the ones who have the courage to speak their minds….how ever empty those minds may be???

Silence is golden.  At least that’s what we’ve always been told, right?   And while I do agree that there is a time for silence, I will also add that there is a time to speak out.  And NOW is the time to speak out if we are ever to save our nation.

Is it easy?  NO.  Will it win you many friends?  NO.

One of my very favorite songs is “I Wanna See You Be Brave” by Sara Bareilles.

It contains one of the most powerful messages every put to music. It talks about how powerful our words are when speak out and how we have a choice to keep our thoughts and words contained or to “Be Brave” and let them “fall out”. Because using our freedom of speech to take a stand for GOOD is one of the bravest things we can do in this world.

You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up

We can’t all stand on the front lines of the battlefield and physically fight for our country.  Not all of us are called to do that.  Yet, sometimes it seems that speaking our minds and speaking out for what is good and right takes as much bravery as standing on the front lines in a battle.

One of the most powerful fighting forces in the world is our words. Whether they are being sung in a concert, spoken in a speech to thousands, whispered in the ears of our children, preached in the pulpits of the churches, used to explain quantum physics 12th graders, passionately expressed in a locker room at half time during a football game, used with tender loving care when eulogizing a loved one, screamed in moments of anger at a loved one or a stranger on the street, spoken at altar from one person to another as they commit their lives to one another and ultimately required for the salvation of our souls through repentance and being unashamed in acknowledging Christ the Savior. Words are powerful.

Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
When they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

Words can be used to affect change.  Speaking out against the powers that be and against evil and for good does take a certain amount of bravery, even in America where such speech is supposed to be protected.

But free speech is only protected from the federal government. Our free speech is not protected from our employers who might fire us for taking sides on an issue. It’s not protected from the mobs of dummies who will attempt to shout us down with lies and mockery. It’s not protected from the majority of uninformed people who use the media as their primary source of knowledge on all things and try to belittle us when we speak something that is true, but not popular. Our freedom of speech is not protected from groups who wish us harm and would even attempt to harm us or our property because of our views. We all know these things, which is why we treat that freedom like the delicate thing it is….something to be hidden because WE have to protect it….by never letting it see the light of day. But as delicate as it is, it is also powerful.

And it’s not bravery to hide it and protect it. It’s bravery to use it to drown out evil and promote good. THAT is bravery. I encourage you to use your voice for righteousness.

Speak up. Speak out.

Everybody’s been there,
Everybody’s been stared down by the enemy
Fallen for the fear
And done some disappearing,
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, just stop holding your tongue

Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is

I am often told that I say the things others can’t say. I say things that others have wanted to say for a long time, but are afraid to speak or can’t find the right words. I am frequently sent information and ideas that other people want ME to say either publicly, to someone else, through Facebook, Twitter and various other forms of social media.

I realize these people are well meaning.  Some of the greatest people I have known in my life and respected so highly, have actually asked me to use MY voice to say the things that they want said. It’s flattering that they put so much faith in me, but it’s also discouraging. Speaking out is not easy, no matter who does it.

Speaking out takes sacrifice sometimes. In order to do something “brave”, there has to be an element of risk involved. We must be willing to sacrifice something or else it’s not bravery. There is no courage where there is no danger. But, if you don’t speak out, could you be losing something far greater in the end than a few sensitive Facebook friends? It is disheartening that so many aren’t willing to pay a small price, when so many paid the ultimate price for the very freedom of speech.

Will you get fired?

Maybe.

Will you not get that one job because they know where you stand on some issues?

Perhaps.

Will you get shouted down and mocked?

At times.

Will you become an outcast among your crowd?

It’s possible.

Will your great Aunt Myrtle unfriend you on Facebook?

If you’re lucky.

Will you offend someone who is determined to be offended no matter what?

Most certainly.

And since your history of silence
Won’t do you any good,
Did you think it would?
Let your words be anything but empty
Why don’t you tell them the truth?

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One Comment
  1. Jacqueline Brown permalink

    Who knows that you were created for such a time as this?
    You are awesome!

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