Since the hate-filled happenings in Charlotte, this Dietrich Bonhoeffer quote has been going through my mind. Over and over again. “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.” We can’t be silent anymore. Things are escalating rapidly, we need to act. We can’t stay silent any longer. Not to speak is to speak; it’s taking sides with evil. Is that what you want?
Not to speak is to speak
Sure, we would not want it to be so. We’d like to think we’re just keeping out of it because we’re not political. But that’s just it. This is not about politics. This is about human decency. It’s about respecting God-created human beings. It’s about sharing that love and grace that has been shared with us. There’s no way we can stay silent when all human beings are not treated equally.
It’s time to say what we have to say. Even if it’s scary. We can take courage from the Bible: “Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers. Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute!” (Proverbs 31:8-9, MSG,*) This is our calling, folks. To speak out for all who are mistreated. Jesus loved all. We are called to do the same. I’m taking sides with Jesus. How about you?
Forgive us for being silent in the face of evil.
Give us the courage to speak out every time
we see hate, discrimination or injustice.
Show us how to love like you.
In Jesus’ precious name,
Q4U: What do you think? Is silence taking sides with evil?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you speak out for justice!
* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].