If there is one good thing that has come out of the US election, it’s that our complacency has been kicked in the butt.
For too long, it has been easy to avoid hard issues or get weighed down by cynicism.
I understand: I have been there.
Part of the challenge is that anger gives way to frustration, which eventually turns into apathy.
Well, I have found a new voice: A fresh determination to be heard.
There are a few ways for me to accomplish this:
First, in who I am, what I will or will not tolerate.
Next, in my immediate community as one who promotes honor, respect and compassionate action.
Then in a way that surprises me a bit: Involvement in organizations that stand for what is good and right. I will likely not be in the forefront, but I can support those who are.
In all of my recent searching, I have run into this question: “Are you willing to take a stand? Will you protect and help vulnerable people, even to the point of civil disobedience?”
Interesting. I am willing to take stands and come alongside people; I am not sure how far I would go in terms of civil disobedience.
My choices, of course, will be governed by my own priorities and sense of “right.”
Other considerations include my ability, limitations, gifting and resources.
What are your thoughts on all of this?
Do you have a voice?
What seems right to you?
How will you express yourself?
Will you defend and protect to the point of civil disobedience?
How can we best live out our roles as citizens?
Here are three organizations I have found, just to “prime the pump”:
This is Bernie Sanders’ organization
The home of Sojourners, a magazine and movement
The home of the Barack Obama Foundation
If you know of interesting organizations to explore, please add them in the comments.