Are we brave or quiet?
Do we speak when we need to? Or do we let others speak for us?
When Channel One editor, Marina Ovsyannikova, crashed Russia’s main state news broadcast to protest the war to with a poster saying “Stop the war; don’t believe the propaganda” I cheered, prayed, and reflected.
She took a risk, later saying, “I am ashamed that I allowed the zombification of Russian people. It’s only in our power to stop this insanity.”
What risk do the rest of us take with our silence?
This morning I reread Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words from jail, in which he said he that he had protested because “injustice is here. Just as . . . the Apostle Paul left his little village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to practically every hamlet and city of the Greco-Roman world, I too am compelled to carry the gospel of freedom. …I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens. …. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”
What do each of us, including me, need to say and do to help? Have we become so comfortable in our lives here that our voices are no longer heard? Do our convictions and values show up in action or are they buried? In what area of our lives do we need to speak up?
p.s. You’ll find effective strategies for what you can do to help those suffering from the invasion in https://bit.ly/3wpM1KM
Blog readers: I’m interested to hear what you have to say. #IstandwithUkraine
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