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Break the Silence

Allysen Kerr, Editor

“Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:9 (NKJV)

There’s a lot of things going on in the world today. From oil spills, human trafficking, modern day slavery to immigration reform, the problems in our world don’t seem to be getting any smaller.

But what are we doing about it?

Americans look to the government, a body made up of mere mortal men, to not only solve the financial, housing and oil crises of our day, but also the problems of the world.

But again, what are we doing about it?

I overheard a conversation between my boss and a friend Wednesday afternoon. They were expressing their frustrations with spreading awareness about the immigration issue in Arizona. This issue is important to the rest of the U.S. because the decisions made about SB-1070 could have a major impact on how immigration laws are handled nation-wide.


But at the heart of their frustrations was something like this: If we could just get people from the church, some pastors or someone to spread this message, maybe people would actually get involved.

Interesting that people outside the church know more about the power of the church than the actual people in the church.
Christians used to be known for being the first to cry out against injustice and advocating for the voiceless. But lately the church has been really good at learning to stay silent.

Now, not every Christian is supposed to be the front runner for every cause or every problem that faces our world. That would be impossible to handle.
But at the same time, we aren’t supposed to be silent. Some people are really passionate about human trafficking, but not really into poverty in America. Some are committed to writing letters to their congressmen, while others would rather march to knock on the doors of Washington, D.C.

But do we know what we’re passionate about? Do we know what we’re living for?

It’s one thing to be unaware but it’s another to be aware and do nothing. So what do we do?

Figure out the passion God has instilled in your life, run with it and don’t stay silent.

Okay, real talk.

So maybe you’ve already figured out what you’re passionate about and maybe it’s not about immigration issues. That’s fine. Maybe it’s about orphans in Haiti or child sex slaves in India. Are you doing anything about it?

If so, great. If not, why? What is it that’s holding you back from being the man or woman that you truly want to be?

Fear. Doubt. Anxiety. A busy schedule.

Whatever it is get rid of it and go. It’s a dead weight that’s going to keep you from realizing your full potential in Christ. Brooke Fraser’s “Hosea’s Wife” speaks to the truth that “we are more than dust.” We are supposed to people who aren’t numb to the pain of others.

We see it and react to it, but sometimes ignore it.

At the end of the chorus Brooke sings, “to believe is to begin.” For some of us, that’s exactly what need to do, believe.


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