“Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is something right; even if the whole world is telling you to move, it is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye, and say ‘No, YOU move’.” (Peggy Carter, From the Movie Captain America, 2016)
Welcome to the real world, where what was once wrong is considered right and what was once considered right is considered taboo. Over time, it just seems that we as human persons have decided to bend the rules, bit by bit – “Oh, just this one time and never again”, or a favorite line, “What they don’t know won’t hurt them,”.
But guess what? It might not hurt them this time around, but it’s bound to make your conscience wall out the inner voice of truth that exists in you. Compromising your convictions, your standards may not necessarily hurt another but they will hurt you.
Every time you choose to keep quiet about the wrong done in the world, about the violation of another’s personhood, it doesn’t just damage the common good but it gradually builds a wall that blocks you from becoming the person you were meant to be. It is like how every compromise you make is you building a wall, stone by stone, layer by layer, until your eyes loses sight of what is true and good.
If you’ve been quietly sitting watching the world do as it pleases, it’s time for you to keep making everyday commitments to defend what is right. The world will be bound to notice you, to pick on you, to make it hard for you. But you aren’t part of the counter flow.
In the beginning, deep inside you, you had this innate understanding of freedom, of personhood and of genuine love. You know the original state of being and you need to bring people back to the “original” flow. The truth will hurt when things comes to the light, and people will hate you for shedding light on their dark living or even you breaking from that kind of living.
But guess what? You’re not alone. Captain America built a team of great character, courage and endurance and we need to discover other individuals who can do the same for us.. The warfare we face is not one for the weak and we need to know who we are fighting with in the front lines. And most of all we have to know the truth we are fighting for. This battle was won for us thousands of years ago. Victory is ours to claim but we won’t get it without a fight.
So please, “Be not afraid”, root yourself in God’s truth and make them move.