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Aug 17

Freedom To Speak Up

Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

This week I’m examining the theme of freedom and the words of William Wallace from the movie Braveheart.

Scotland

I admire people who have courage to do what’s right. William Wallace believed that the people deserved leaders who served the interests of the people.  And he was brave enough to speak up.

Wallace challenged the Scottish nobility that they should pursue freedom for the common Scots, but they were more interested in their own safety, privilege and wealth, than the welfare of the people.

William Wallace speaking to Scottish nobles said, “There’s a difference between us. You think the people of this country exist to provide you with position. I think your position exists to provide those people with freedom. And I go to make sure that they have it.”

He said it, and he did it.  Even it cost him his life.  

Schiller Park

When I was a kid two of the positive and admirable young leaders in our community were Steve Schesvold and Mike VonWachenfeldt.  Steve continues to be one of my best friends.  Recently I reconnected with Mike through Facebook.  His blog reminded me of this story. 1

I spent a great deal of my young life afraid.  I felt like a social outcast.  I was small, skinny, with a big mouth.  Combine that with the glasses, braces, bad hair, acne, clumsiness, and no common sense and you have the whole picture.

No one took me seriously, and for good reasons.  I was known for sarcasm, innuendos and silly comments.

When I first started caring about God I started to read the Bible.  In the Bible I was challenged to be different.  Challenged to speak up for God on behalf of others.

One of Jesus Christ’s best friends Peter wrote, “And who will harm you if you are passionate for what is good? … Do not fear what they fear or be disturbed, but set apart the Messiah as Lord in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” 2

I still remember sitting in Grace Community Church the first time I read: “always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.”

Hope was what I had.

I hoped to become a better person than I was.  
I hoped to someday be happy, successful and less afraid.
I hoped I would someday spend more time helping others than being afraid of them.
I hoped that I would become the kind of person who others would take seriously.
I hoped that someday I would have courage.

I asked God to help me.  God has freed me from my fears and helped me to have the freedom to speak up to defend God and those who need loving support.

God can empower you to speak up too.

1 – Mike writes a daily blog called Verse of the Day.

2 – 1 Peter 3:13-15, HCSB

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