Speaking up and Speaking out…

My dad has a local radio show down in Colorado Springs that airs Saturday mornings (KZNT 1460am, in case you want to listen 🙂 )….being a mom of a 7.5 month old I of course was awake at 7am when it was airing!

There was a guest speaker on in the second half and he said something that I have been thinking over these past couple days: “Vote your morals and values in this election, not your Party.”

Though I am not Catholic, I found it interesting that just recently the Bishop Diocese of Green Bay Wisconsin, urged Catholics to vote for candidates in agreement with Catholic doctrine on life and family issues, which caused some controversy- his letter also mentioned touchy subjects such as: abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research etc…..

A few days ago, I read a facebook quote by a friend of mine that said “I fail to understand the old adage that it’s not polite to talk about religion and politics, when they are two of the most important facets of life.”

I believe we have become so afraid that we might “offend” someone, ruffle some feathers, or start an argument- that we have lost track of what we believe and what really matters. This new wave of “tolerance” has led us to a point of abandoning our core beliefs and even our faith….
I was taught growing up that sometimes people just won’t like you and that not everyone is going to be your friend. Somewhere between childhood and adulthood (my guess is highschool) we become needy…we want everyone to like us…we want everyone to be our friend….and we are even willing to sacrifice what matters most to be liked.

Yes…. above all I was taught to Love people, but I was not taught that I needed to be loved by them. I was taught to have a backbone. To be strong in my faith and to stand up and speak out when I saw injustice….when you do that -you will not always be liked….in fact you may be persecuted for it.

Often, those who are Christians view Jesus as this pacifist. But that is NOT who Jesus was…
Jesus was flipping over tables at one point because he saw injustice in the temple (Matthew 21:12)
He also said: (Matthew 10:34-37 New International Version (NIV)

34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn

“‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
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36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’

At the end of the day, I am the one responsible for the decisions and choices I make. I am responsible for teaching my son to some day stand strong in his convictions, to not seek popularity, to love those that are lost, to go against the crowd, to speak for those who can not speak for themselves, to love the sinner but not the sin……

Speak up and speak out….it’s not easy, but it is the right thing to do.

“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” Mark 8:36

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