“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.”
In my most recent book study group, Lioness Arising, we talked about how “things change when we speak up on behalf of others who have been silenced. Injustice trembles when we stand up for the rights of others rather than fighting solely on our own. When we cheer on justice and champion its cause, light is brought to darkness and hope returns to the hopeless. When we rise from our complacency for the sake of the poor and destitute, they have a presence in the courts of life.”
Personally, I’ve never had a problem with speaking up. But this study has made me ponder if I’m speaking up about the right issues for me, am I doing so in a right voice to be heard and do I have the best intent and heart? I thought it was enough to feel “right” or even be “right”, but if it doesn’t fall on good ground, it won’t grown and cause change. It’s so simple, yet why has it taken me so long to realize it.
So the study book talked about finding an article in which spoke to this moment in history where people are going against the grain and people are standing up for what is right. My husband is amazing in his hand-written letters to me (lost art form I know) in which he always sends many articles, clippings, items of interests, etc. So he recently sent me this amazing article where a 7 month pregnant mother sneaked out early in the morning carrying a shoulder bag, clothes, a laptop and a knife. Why? Because she lives in Chine and this was her second child. She was going to fight to the death if someone tried to stop her. The penalties for violators are harsh with financial fees up to 9 times an average annual income, risk of losing jobs, refusal of education and health benefits and so on. I shared this article with my group and we were astonished by this woman’s act of bravery….a true lioness. And also by how narrow our focus and worries can be.
What an inspiration her story is to me……to stand up and speak up in one’s community. It made me think of what I can do, what difference I can make great or small? And if we all did that, what would this world look like?