“Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, and always with the upmost courtesy.” 1 Peter 3:15
It was in 1981 during an assassination attempt on President Reagan that I took my stance on the need for gun control. Since then I’ve listened to every side of the argument about this ever-growing issue. (Read today’s news about another mass shooting.) I have never joined a group, such as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, because I do not like to be labeled. I do share information and “like” articles about gun violence and gun control on social media, and often I get comments, such as: Are you afraid of guns? … Don’t mess with my 2nd Amendment rights! … And, my least favorite: Guns don’t kill people.
In the scripture today, Peter writes, “If with your heart and soul you’re doing good, do you think you can be stopped?” (vs. 13) He goes on to say, “Even if you suffer for it, you’re still better off…” According to Peter, when I don’t speak out on an issue I believe to be true, I get skiddith and just put up a stop sign to the possibilities of being heard…and possibly making a difference.
Lord, please help me to not enforce my opinions on anyone else. Amen.