May 29, 2013"It's Not Too Late…Yet"
In 1984, my family moved to a nice suburb of Detroit. Our house was in a small subdivision that backed to a big, beautiful patch of woods. There was a main road directly behind us, but the woods were thick and lush enough that you couldn't see it or hear the traffic. It was private and serene with small wild animals, and we loved it!
One morning, shortly after moving in, I heard loud machinery and ran outside. To my dismay, bulldozers were tearing down "my" beautiful woods! I grabbed my neighbor, Nancy, and we ran to see Carol, the neighborhood chair. We wanted Carol to do something to stop this travesty now! Carol calmly replied, "Where were you months ago when I tried to get a group together to proactively protect our woods? I told you this was going to happen, but nobody cared enough to do anything. Now, it's too late."
Although I was not there at that time, Nancy was, and she began to list all kinds of excuses why she did nothing, while Carol just shrugged. I did contact the authorities and managed to preserve part of the woods. However, in the winter time, when the leaves were gone, you could see through to the main road, and the feeling of privacy was gone, as well as most of the wildlife. It was never the same.
Nancy and the other members of the neighborhood were not willing to do anything to preserve their way of life until it was too late. They didn't want to get involved. Too busy. Not important enough. Let someone else do it. Etc., etc.
I'm reminded of the poem by Martin Neimoller, which says each time "they" came for all these other groups of people, "I didn't speak out because I wasn't one of them," until "they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me."
So I was thinking…
Do we speak out for Christ and our faith? Do we fight for what's right and against what's wrong or evil? Do we look out for others to protect and save them? Or are we just too complacent about our faith that we take it and our right to practice it for granted, and say and do nothing?
Our heroes, the men and women of our military, have fought and many died to preserve our right to speak out and openly worship our Creator. If we don't take advantage of this hard-fought right, we have dishonored their sacrifice, we have dishonored God and we could lose that right. America is being led astray by those who want to silence Christians. Stand up now and make your voice heard before it's too late. May God bless America and America bless God.
Thank you to our heroes who have died for our country, for our freedom, for us. We honor your sacrifice.
(Jesus said) "Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. Matthew 10:32,33
©2013 Phyllis Knight