In Part One of this topic, the focus was on being more mindful of when/how to wisely use restraint in communications. On the flip side, how challenging is it to speak up when that’s in order to do? How often are folks silent when the circumstances warrant expressing? Injustices have grown due to silence. Reforms have occurred when silence isn’t the chosen path. I’m so grateful for those people who have made their voices heard when fitting and timely. Yes, many folks sacrificed their lives for causes that warranted voices and actions.

Admiration flows for the loving and brave people who cared/care, in earnest, for the well being of fellow men and women — and show it by declaring what is just and suitable for the common good of — we the people.

In the Bible, we read the account of Moses and Aaron defying King Pharaoh by obeying the words of God to deliver to Pharaoh. Those words, which included, “Let my people go” resonated and set in motion awesome moves of Almighty God. The exodus from Egypt, for many folks, is one of the favorite accounts found in the content of the Bible.

Moses was not silent in the midst of the Egyptian mistreatment of the people of Israel. Yes, he was initially hesitant, but he obeyed the Lord despite his misgivings. As a result . . . , victory over the king and his army was the amazing result.

Tragedies were instrumental in voices being heard, in degrees, where laws and reforms manifested. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) was founded by a grief-stricken mother, Candace Lightner, whose daughter, Cari, was killed by a drunk driver. The Amber Alert was started because the parents of Amber Hagerman pressed through to have the law enacted. Megan’s Law came into effect because Megan’s parents, Richard and Maureeen Kanka, persevered to have measures put in place to expose sex offenders.

Whistle blowers risk much to expose malfeasance and criminal acts. Some of them have received death threats, loss of jobs, homes, marriages, family members and friends. And there have been instances when whistle blowers have sacrificed their lives for aiding in uncovering misdeeds and criminal conduct. Heavy prices are indeed sometimes the results of standing for truth. Lovingly and bravely, whistle blowers considered/consider it well worth the prices paid for not being silent. Indeed, rewards, from our Lord, are immeasurable and priceless when we live in the joy and freedom of thinking, expressing and doing what pleases Him.

Throughout history, there have been giant hearted men and women who refused to bow to the “dictates” of injustices. I’m immensely grateful that such people still populate this planet. High and jubilant praises to God Almighty for providing what we need to think, and to do, for Him, what is loving, noble, brave and just for the good of — we the people.

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Sandra Hicks

Sandra is a native of Washington D.C. who joyously walks with God, and firmly believes in the steadfast flow of love and truth. She is president of a home-based business that specializes in writing, editing, consulting and retail sales of photo products. Her published pieces include essays, inspirational topics and stories, reflections, commentaries, and poetry. In January 2011, one of her inspirational pieces was selected as a Jewel Chest feature on a Christian website. Sandra enjoys photography and snaps shots often in her hometown of Washington, D.C.

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