Benjamin Franklin was too harsh to my mind, when he said “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.” he however drove the point home. It is very easy to sit down and complain about what is wrong with the system and yet do nothing. On the contrary, it takes maturity and wisdom to do something positive and be the change you want to see. Martin Luther King Jr. once said “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamour of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” Very profound. Many good people just keep silent and refuse to stand for justice. Martin Niemoller (1892-1984), a prominent German protestant pastor who spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps once asked the Jews to forgive himself and other people that were silent during the systematic, bureaucratic, state – sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. It was Martin that said
“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.”
The moral of my story today is that instead of inaction and keeping quiet or worse still complaining, we should get involved and try little healthy activism – share the Good News, help the needy, encourage and build up people, support a peaceful protest when necessary – and change the world!
“Stand up for justice, stand up for truth; and God will be at your side forever.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.