Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Speaking out!

"One of the lawyers answered him, 'Teacher, when you say these things you insult us, too.'  And Jesus said, 'Woe also to you lawyers!  For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not lift a finger to ease them...'"
(Luke 11:45-46)

There was no such thing as "political correctness" when Jesus lived.  He told it like it was.  He often insulted people in positions of power (like the religious leaders, the Pharisees... and lawyers!).  He was brutally honest and not afraid to speak about it in public.

But here's the thing: he always spoke upon the side of Justice & Righteousness.  He didn't just spout controversial sayings.  He didn't just attack celebrities for shock value.  He didn't just make a radical statement to get noticed (or bask in the free PR)!  No.  He spoke up on behalf of the downtrodden & oppressed.  He chastised the religious leaders and lawyers because of the ways they negatively influenced those around them (especially the common folk).

I tend to not want to offend folks.  I try to be diplomatic & graceful.  I wonder, however, if I've missed opportunities to speak out against injustice & oppression?!?  God forbid.  And God forgive.

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