Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.
There are people all over the world, in our country, our towns and neighborhoods, who need help, who need a voice. We live in a fallen world, which means we are all sinners. But there are some people who have given themselves over completely to evil. Evil inevitably impacts other lives.
We hear about injustice every day on the news, read about it in the newspapers. Sometimes we hear and see so much we become deaf and blind to it. We feel helpless to do anything.
Even the small things we do can make a big difference over time. We have to keep at it. We can’t give up on helping others: the homeless, the unpaid, those held captive and trafficked, those who have no voice. I think of the unborn—helpless, without voice, often unloved and unwanted, their humanity denied, their death a means of profit. I think of the elderly suffering from dementia and the increasing talk of “quality of life.”
Speaking up doesn’t mean shouting. It doesn’t mean screaming to have your way. It doesn’t mean sitting and refusing to do your job because you don’t like the way others are doing theirs. It doesn’t mean going out and gathering a mob and shutting down anyone who disagrees with you.
Speak up with facts. Speak rationally and with reason. Speak up with solutions.
And remember, in the end, we all answer to God.