Just as it pierced my soul upon reading the following quote by Martin Luther King, Jr, I ask you, Has the time Come?
“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
Read it! Read it again. Now listen. Listen quietly and hear a still small voice assisting your conscience, sharpening your moral aptitude. I cannot and do not need to know; the voice speaks only to you. “Patience!” Do not let the silence hurry you. It is the rush that robs us from the beauty of Divine counsel. He begs you, “Take a stand.”
It’s Not Safe
No! Hush the one who would threaten with fear. That it is right, you are so certain. Together, right and certainty, with courage, forms a cord with which to bind “now” to the action that is needed. The essence calls for you to ignore safety. Herald responsibility and accountability instead. He whispers, “Be strong.”
It’s Not Politic
Since when has an expedient warning come with dignity and tactfulness. “Cry aloud” supersedes poise. How quickly the moment can pass. The minutes wasted. The never returning seconds disappear like a vapor. Alas, those hanging in the balance might perish. He implores you, “Act!”
It’s Not Popular
Is not popularity fleeting? Rather, those who stand alone are those who stand tall. Even still, many more hesitant than you delight in your courage. Yes, they even are encouraged. Another voice is needed. Will we wait for one more year? Will we simply recall the former words? He commands us, “Stand Alone!”
Has The Time Come?
Be it the rehearsing of the quote of Martin Luther King, Jr. or the still small voice of the Spirit, hear now and take a position.
THE TIME HAS COME!