One of my favorite verses of the Bible is James 4:17. It states that ?Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.? That verse reminds us that we don?t have to actually do something to be morally culpable. In other words, there is such a thing as a sin of omission.
It can often be tough to step up and combat evil when one may be risking, for example, one?s job. We humans are so weak and frail that it is often tough to stand up for what is right even when the consequences are merely ostracism or momentary ridicule. In those times, the following verse (Hebrews 13:5) helps: ??For He Himself has said, ?I will never leave you nor forsake you.?? Remember when you read that verse that, quite literally, nothing else in life matters.
In the past, I have been faced with some risky decisions that involved the prospect of taking on campus radicals ? some have been communists, some have been feminists, all have been, in some way, morally decadent. But some of these morally bankrupt individuals also happened to have some degree of power over me and over my economic livelihood.
When, in the past, I have contemplated the prospect of cowering away from these situations, I have sometimes found strength by thinking about some old war veterans ? some in my family, some friends ? who risked or even gave their lives to preserve our nation and our freedom.
The next time you find yourself tempted to cower from something you know you should do, just imagine a roomful of old war veterans. Get in a quiet, dark room. Close your eyes, concentrate on their faces. Then just imagine walking up to one of them to have a face-to-face talk about what you are cowering from and why.
Once, I imagined myself walking up to my grandfather who was hit with grenade shrapnel in World War I and saying something like this: ?Thanks for serving to protect my First Amendment Rights. I?ve been meaning to stand up to some campus feminists who are violating the constitutional rights of some students on campus. But, frankly, I?m afraid of feminists and what they might say about me.?
You might want to end this mental exercise before you picture one of those veterans punching you in the nose.
Just remember that Jesus didn?t die on the cross for you to run from what is right. And war heroes didn?t die on the battlefield for you to cower away while this country is destroyed.
5. Standing up against that which is wrong invariably means that you will have to take on a lot of angry people. If you cannot do it with a sense of humor, you are less likely to prevail.
Without question, liberals are the angriest people in America these days. If you respond to them with anger, you will allow them to conceal this fact while playing upon stereotypes of conservatives that are no longer accurate. In addition, you will not be able to influence people in the middle.
Now, you know a little more about my simple philosophy of life. In my next column, I plan to answer Dr. Phil?s favorite question: ?How?s that working for you??
To be continued?