Saying Nothing is Actually Saying Everything

Humanity suffers when people have to self defend. When the ones who are downtrodden and left to be second class citizens are forgotten. When there are people whose voice isn’t heard no matter how loud they try to be on their own. Humanity thrives when we empower each other when we champion each other and see the light and goodness in everyone. When we speak up for injustice, speak out against hate and speak love to all we expose darkness and shine light. We raise our voice so the voice of the mute can be amplified.

There are people groups all over the world, who if you and I, in our privilege (we are all privileged in some way) really considered the way they were treated because of who they are, there is no way we would want to be in their shoes. But the real question is, knowing that, will we let them keep being treated that way.

I watched a lecture given by Jane Elliot where she opened with:
“I want every white person in this room, who would be happy to be treated as this society in general treats our citizens, our black citizens. If you as a white person would be happy to receive the same treatment that our black citizens do in this society – please stand! – You didn’t understand the directions. If you white folks want to be treated the way blacks are in this society – stand! – Nobody is standing here. That says very plainly that you know what’s happening. You know you don’t want it for you. I want to know why you are so willing to accept it or to allow it to happen for others.*

Ephesians 5:11 says, “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” And Proverbs 31:8 says, “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.” These are two verses among many others which offer us a timeless principle that we need now more than ever. It’s time to not stay silent, and open our mouths for the rights of all people. Staying silent only shouts negatively of your character. Because saying nothing is actually saying everything.

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