We live in a social media frenzy and a brave new interconnected world. This is not news. Yet, in our fast paced life, we have somehow become more willing to point out the faults of others and to elevate criticism that isn’t all that helpful or humanizing. So, just as a reminder that we all are innocent until proven guilty before civil law and none of us are perfect and prone to wander off the beaten path, perhaps we could take note of a few ways that we can stick up for other people.
*from the Westminster Larger Catechism “The duties required in the ninth commandment are, the preserving and promoting of truth between man and man, and the good name of our neighbor, as well as our own; appearing and standing for the truth; and from the heart, sincerely, freely, clearly, and fully,speaking the truth, and only the truth, in matters of judgment andjustice, and in all other things: Whatsoever; a charitable esteem of our neighbors; loving, desiring, and rejoicing in their good name;sorrowing for, and covering of their infirmities; freely acknowledging of their gifts and graces, defending their innocency; a ready receiving of a good report, and unwillingness to admit of an evil report,concerning them; discouraging talebearers, flatterers, and slanderers…”
*“Wherever the early Christians entered a town the power structure got disturbed and immediately sought to convict them for being ‘disturbers of the peace’ and ‘outside agitators.’ But they went on with the conviction that they were a ‘colony of heaven’ and had to obey God rather than man. They were small in number but big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be ‘astronomically intimidated.’ They brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contest. Things are different now. The contemporary Church is so often a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. It is so often the archsupporter of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the Church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the Church’s silent and often vocal sanction of things as they are.”―Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail
In other words, sometimes to stick up for other people means to upset the status quo.
*Stop by homemade lemonade stands, car washes, and other campaigns led by children. You can buy a 3 dollar lemonade at the restaurant and it might taste good, but it will have no impact. If you have a 9 year old, budding entrepreneur 3 dollars, you may impact a life that will one day impact many more.
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