HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL-Nov. 23, 2016-I WAS IN PRISON AND YOU VISITED ME
Compiled by Holy Heretic Benjamin Foster
“I would rather be free in mind, and be locked up in a prison cell, than to be a coward and not be able to say what I want.” –Bobby Fischer
There’s a famous quote and poem from the Holocaust that has always resonated with me deeply. Martin Niemoller, a Lutheran pastor in Germany at the time of the Nazi regime’s rise to power, said this on his stance of saying nothing as differing peoples in Germany were being attacked:
“In Germany, they came first for the socialists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for me.”
To me, this has always been a powerful statement on using our voice as not only followers of Christ, but simply as human beings to fight against the same injustices Christ himself fought against during his time on Earth. After all, Paul and Silas were imprisoned for preaching the gospel, a radical theology at the time, to the Romans.
Fear of imprisonment, in one way or another, keeps us unwilling to speak, when we should, on many occasions throughout our life. This kind of imprisonment can be many things; social exile from friends and family, emotional turmoil, and very literal bars of iron. Regardless what our own imprisonment may be for speaking up when we are told to remain quite, I think it is a prerogative of Christians that we listen to God, and trust God, to lead us on our path throughout life and lay it on our hearts to speak when the time comes.
Today’s Action: Consider your own life. Are there times you feel like God was telling you to speak up?
Today’s Sharing: Share your own experiences of a time when you felt like you followed God’s will in your own life and spoke up in the face of imprisonment of one kind or another. Share your stories on our Facebook page at facebook.com/holyhereticzine
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