Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything”. Oftentimes we go through life concerned with our own wellbeing, completely ignoring the needs of others. It seems to me that a majority of the world is only concerned with the things that affect their immediate family. Most people don’t consider the impact they can have on the world if they simply spoke up and stood up for what they felt was right.
I often imagine what life would have been like had Martin Luther King been as selfish with his abilities as most people are today. We can no longer go through life’s journey without considering the needs of others. Sometimes you are going to have to be the one who is courageous enough to stand up; not for your own rights but for the rights of others. The time has come for you to rally behind a cause you believe in. Stop thinking about yourself and start understanding the connection and responsibility we have for our neighbors.
If you don’t speak up, who will? If you don’t stand up for what is right, who will? If you don’t start understanding our responsibility to one another, who will? If we continue to think that no cause is worthy of our time, we are doomed. We can no longer pray and hope that things will change. While prayer does change things, it is simply not enough; you must act. You must stand up for what you believe in. I sincerely believe that slavery would still exist if no one chose to speak up.
I am choosing to stand up and speak up for Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black teenager who was brutally murdered by the hands of a cold-blooded killer; who at the time of this note still has not been arrested nor charged with a crime nearly thirty days after he took an innocent life. This is wrong. Despite what a man-made law says; our moral law supersedes it. What is wrong is wrong, no matter how you spin it.
Choose today to stand up for a cause even if you think you may not be directly affected. I am choosing to stand up for what is right. Will you join me?
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