This is Good Friday, the day that Jesus the God Man, was crucified. The death of a Good Man, at the hands of evil men. While there will be no other like Jesus to walk this earth, I couldn’t help but think of the many “good men and women,” who have walked this earth since then. Those who, have walked to a beat of conviction. They have stood for what they believed was right, even in the face of oppositions might. They seemed to have come on the scene to answer a call, or was it a cry. However, in standing they died, and they lived a life of controversy for what they thought was right. This world cries out for “good men and women”, but when we get them, what happens to them?
“In this country we don’t burn men at the stake for holding to their convictions. We are not cannibalistic so we do not eat our enemies. But civilized man has found other ways to punish those who run counter to the laws of the land; they are subjected to persecution and judgment that gnaw at the heart of a man who is innocent of ill intent.” Marie Roloff
This world cries out under injustices, under the burden of blood spilled wrongfully. This world cries out under the weight of sullied consciences, this world cries out for wrongs to be righted, and evil to be slighted. This world cries out for someone to take the stance. This world cries out for good men and women to stand against the injustices of today. But what happens when they come to lead the way and confront the wrong?
Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, The Apostles, Martin Luther King, M.K. Gandhi, Joan of Arc, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Benazir Bhutto, Malcolm X , Nelson Mandela and Indira Gandhi and so many more, this is just a few. They came, they lived seeming to answer the cry at hand, and in answering they stood, in standing they took the spotlight on them, and in the spotlight they spoke, and they not only spoke they led. In leading they pointed out another direction, or better yet a course correction for their time, for their land and for their day. These are good men and women who lived and died, not because they were evil, no because the evil in this world found no use for them! This world cries out for “good men”, but when we get them, we kill them! When we can’t kill them we persecute them!
If I die a violent death as some fear and a few are plotting, I know the violence will be in the thought and the action of the assassin, not in my dying……! Indira Gandhi
Martin Luther King said,
Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. So I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.
The next day he was assassinated! Most of the men and women we love to quote, lived a life of scrutiny for the very thing they said when they were living. We rally under their words, and the stark truth they represent, sometimes not considering the cost they paid to say it.
And this world still cries out and echo’s the famous words found in Shakespeare’s Hamlet…
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep; No more; and by a sleep to say we end The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation Devoutly to be wish’d…For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely, The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay, The insolence of office and the spurns .
There is only one Jesus, sitting at the right hand of the Father, but even at the cost will there be more good men and women? Even so this world still cries out!
Of Dirt and Clay: Reflections in Life
“I know what I’m made out of, and I know who’s making me into His image!”
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