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stand up and speak out

thank you Will...Lets try this..... William Faulkner

I’ve spent the majority of my life working to end hunger. I know from personal experience that by working together we can change the world. It starts with speaking up for those who cannot be heard and standing up for those who cannot be seen.

Faulkner says it far better than I can. Read his quote again. But,  achieving a world of peace and justice, a world where honesty, truth and compassion holds sway, is possible. We can achieve a world where caring trumps greed, lying, and hatred.

I want that world. Let’s stand up and speak out, and let us not be afraid to continue speaking out until we transform our world into a place where love truly trumps fear and hatred.

#BLOTUS & the Law

The person now leading our nation has been in court over 3,000 times. Yet, he was still thought ethical enough and intelligent enough to lead our nation. That explains a lot, doesn’t it.

The majority just seems not to care about traditional American values like honesty, truthfulness, and caring for the other person. So now we have a egotistical braggart who lives by the lie doing his best to destroy our country.

The lies of #BLOTUS caught up with him enough so that he was taken to court over 3,000 times. Who will hold him accountable now?

We no longer have a president we can respect. We have a president we need to fear.

 

dishonest lifestyles

One of the biggest inflection points in my life came when I first learned this truth. In fact, this this truth has formed the foundation of most of what I have been able to accomplish in my ministry.

While at a workshop on hunger and lifestyles a Roman Catholic nun helped the small group of us to understand that if the way we lived didn’t match up with what we thought we believed we were just fooling ourselves. She demonstrated that this disconnect was a spiritual issue.

She then walked us through a number of fascinating exercises to help us discover what we really believed, rather than what we thought we believed. As I already mentioned, it changed my life.

Our lifestyles must align with what we believe. It’s not just dishonest to say one thing and live another. Being real, being authentic requires a lifestyle that reflects our beliefs.

Until our beliefs and actions are aligned  we will suffer an inner tension that steals our peace and sense of wholeness. Unless our lives reflect what we believe we will never be truly authentic. We might be able to fool those around us, but we will never be able to hide the truth from ourselves.

“it would change the world”

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    — William Faulkner

I agree. Do you?

If those of us who care would speak out for the poor, the hungry, and the oppressed, it would change the world forever. Our silence is too often criminal.

We have the opportunity before us to make history.  We have it in our power to create a world where hunger is nothing more than a memory. All that is required is the courage to speak out, to say what we know is true.

We know injustice when we see it. We know lies when we hear them. We know the greasy feel of greed.

Join with me to be a voice for the poor and the hungry. Let’s give them a chance to be heard over the greed-driven, consumeristic clamor that surrounds us. Let’s join together to make our voices heard for doing what’s right rather than what’s profitable.

Let’s end hunger in our lifetime. It starts with speaking out. And all of us can do that, can’t we?