What? I can’t hear you. Speak up!

Photo taken by Sam Norris

Photo taken by Sam Norris

Do you enjoy art? If I’m honest, there are some pieces I look at and just don’t get.  I enjoy looking; however, very few pieces of art truly move me. I don’t know if that says more about me or the art I’ve seen.

As I looked through Sam’s photos from his trip abroad one caused me to pause.  It seemed to draw me in as I looked at it.  It spoke to me.  It is a picture of a sculpture outside of Auschwitz. Sam said he couldn’t remember the name of the sculpture, but it was a depiction of people disappearing without anyone speaking up or doing anything about it. It was a reminder of the evil of the Holocaust.

We’re supposed to learn from history; yet it’s happening again less than a hundred years later. People are disappearing and very few are speaking up or doing anything about it.

In our nation, on any given day, it is estimated 100,000 children are being trafficked… bought and sold for one man’s pleasure and another’s financial gain. CHILDREN.

That doesn’t even take into account the hundreds of thousands of women and men. It’s called the crime hidden in plain sight. Is it really hidden so well or is it that we choose not to see?

When writing about the Holocaust, Andy Andrews wrote,

Mothers and fathers held their voices, covered their eyes, and closed their ears. The vast majority of an educated population accepted their salaries and avoided the uncomfortable truth that lingered over them like a serpent waiting to strike.”

Does this sound frighteningly familiar to anyone? It’s happening again. People are disappearing while most of the population goes on with their day to day activities as if nothing out of the ordinary is happening.

Proverbs 31:8 says,

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.”

 It is time for a public outcry.  It’s time to make some noise. God commanded you. People are counting on you. Children are disappearing every hour of every day, being brutally beaten, used, and killed while no one hears.

Is it that we don’t hear or we choose not to listen?

Raise your voice for hope before it’s too late.  It is often said, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease.” As we join our voices as one and cry out for those who cannot speak for themselves, we just might gain the attention of a nation and bring a stop to this evil we’ve allowed to dwell in our land.
What? I’m sorry, I can’t hear you.  Speak up!

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

August 15, 2013

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