To not say something is to have said something. When we are silent in the midst of conflict, terror, crime, wrong or evil… we are truly part of the problem. We have spoken in a loud voice by not speaking at all. Being passive is an admirable trait when a situation calls for passivity but when we need to be proactive and we cop out by being passive… that is cowardice.
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it
as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil
without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Few people like to get involved when an issue is not personal to them. Therefore, social issues and cultural evil tend to land in the “Mind your own business” file. What we might consider further is the fact that what are now social and cultural issues could soon be personal ones as well. We live socially and personally. There is a certain amount of privacy we can maintain that is “our business” but there is also the responsibility to interact and say something into our social and cultural fiber when we know it is the right thing to do. To not say something can be an act of letting down our neighbor and ourselves.
Paul, an apostle, wrote, “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”
“Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?” Jesus