Speak Out and Fight for Freedom

Fight for the weak ones

Speak out for freedom

Find faith in the battle

Stand tall but above it all…

~Fix My Eyes by For King and Country

I’m in the midst of reading John Krakauer’s book Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town. In it, Krakauer examines the state of sexual assault reporting and prosecution at the University of Montana spanning the years around 2011 on a campus with horribly low numbers of both categories.  He includes detailed accounts from victims and the efforts taken by local law enforcement to avoid filing charges against some of the young men involved.

The book hits home on the heels of the Rolling Stone controversy about the University of Virginia rape case expose. Take the two hand in hand, one instance of falsehood and one of ignorance, and you find college campuses in this country seated at a tipping point in handling the instances of young women and men claiming sexual assault.

People are scared to speak up.

The challenge to Fight for the Weak and Speak Out for Freedom sounds great, like something we’d put on a bumper sticker.  We tell ourselves that we do it all the time. We share Facebook updates and send text messages to donate funds.  Isn’t that enough?

One day

Our heroes are the big-hitters of faith. Men and women who weren’t perfect but were perfect for the time they lived.  Martin Luther King Jr. decided to walk forward and exercise non violence against the evils he witnessed every day.  He took prison, police dogs, and night sticks to fight the idea of the status quot.

Doing nothing was not an option.

What if we adopted that mindset?

What if we stood next to one family in need and lifted them up with support? What if we took the hand of a child getting bullied and let them know we are there for them, that we will do whatever it takes to make it right?  What if we stopped the next water-cooler conversation that veers into racism and prejudice?

What if we listened to those that lash out in anger against the Church and apologize? Apologize for those of us that hid behind the stage when we should have stepped out. Apologize for those who told the hated, neglected, beaten down, rejected, addicted and struggling that they couldn’t come in.

Say we are sorry because we are all works in progress.  That we’ve taken this Gospel of Life and Love and made it into something else, shifted God’s voice to match our own out of fear.

Change is possible when we stand up and refuse to stay silent.

Isn’t that seat getting old?


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