Posted by: AJ the Irish Lass | January 18, 2016

If We Stop Caring, We’re All Doomed

As the US gears up to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s birthday, one of his most famous quotes seems particularly timely: Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

This country, and the Church as a whole, have come a long way since the start of the Civil Rights Movement. However, I think we still have a ways to go, with many deep rifts in this country that have yet to be mended.

The increasingly belligerant tone of the Presidential race, the discord over the Confederate flag in the wake of a tragic shooting, and violence throughout the country are examples of how much division still exists. The Church, as represented by her various denominations, faces constant struggles over sexuality, mission in a world where persecution is increasing and other issues, is faring little better.

The easy thing to do is to just ignore it all, and decide not to get involved. Choosing what is right vs. the easy route is often a choice that many prefer not to make.

However, I don’t think being a faithful member of the Jesus Movement leaves us with the option of the easy route. Jesus never promised a trouble-free life where we can safely sit on the sidelines and passively await something better.

We shall overcome, as Rosa Parks and the popular song have said. However, we need to stop remaining silent and get into action.

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