A few weeks ago, I shared some of my views on my personal Facebook page, which caused quite a stir and more comments (supportive and non-supportive) than I could wrap my brain around. This post isn’t about the content of what I shared, but instead it’s about importance of standing up for what we believe in, and the inevitability that some people will hate us for it…
What is it that you care about deeply? What stirs up passion inside of you? Consider that your life mission and your true purpose. If I’ve learned anything in my young adult life, it’s that people are passionate about different things, and given special hearts for certain issues. Many of my friends are working to end human trafficking. Some care about health issues—nutritionally and medically. Others are missionaries, deeply passionate about caring for the poor and showing the real love of Jesus to those who need it most. I guarantee there is something in the world around you that can only be described as wrong—I challenge you to speak up and start taking action to make it right.
The way I see it, wherever we see injustice in the world, we should take a stand and fight for it—it’s our responsibility to one another as human beings. However, be warned: when you share your beliefs, you will be challenged to defend them—and some people may treat you differently as a result. I experienced that firsthand a few weeks ago—complete with getting my very first hate message, full of irrationality and anger, and far from seeking healthy debate.
Did it throw me off a bit? Yes. But will it stop me from fighting to eradicate an injustice I see in the world? Not at all. As Martin Luther King Junior once wisely said,
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
If you want to avoid criticism, there’s only one way to do it—say nothing, do nothing, be nothing. But if you want to make a difference—if you want to change the world around you—I beg you to speak up for what you believe in. You will be disliked or viewed differently by some, and that can’t be avoided. But there is nothing worse in this life and staying silent while injustice happens around us.
When have you received negative opposition (as opposed to healthy disagreement) for something you believe or have stood up for?