V is for Voice

Six Sentences From Atop My Soapbox

What if everyone waits for someone else to speak up?

“First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me—
and there was no one left to speak out for me.”
― Martin Niemöller

When I was young, I saw the above quotation on a bulletin board at our church; it left a lasting impression. It clearly demonstrates what will happen if we choose to turn away from issues that don't directly affect us.

While I try hard to get along with all people, if I become aware of someone being treated in a way that I know is wrong, I feel compelled to speak up.  It isn't that I like confrontation or calling attention to myself, but rather than I believe we have an obligation  to use our voices to make others aware of the issue and to press for resolution. 

At times it is very uncomfortable to find that you are the only one willing to speak up while those you thought would stand with you cower in silence; but you can't let that fear hold you back.  Always speak the truth boldly; God will give you the courage you need when you take a stand for what is right.
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  1. Like you, I will speak up or out when an injustice is being done against or to another. Unlike you, I'm not always so verbal when it's done to me.

    Great, thought-provoking writing. :)

    1. I think that's true for many folks, Jamie, not so willing to speak up for themselves. I spent so many years being that way. I've learned to temper it down some in the last few years, choose my causes more carefully, but I'm not willing to be anybody's doormat anymore, nor see it happen to anyone else. I think you've done pretty good at getting your kids to learn to "Fix It" on their own, and I remember years when everyone expected you to fix it! See... progress! :-)

  2. Doing the right thing isn't always easy, but it's always right. Speaking out against injustice isn't easy, but it's the right thing.


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