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Acts 4:18 “They called them back and warned them that they were on no account ever again to speak or teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John spoke right back, ‘Whether it’s right in God’s eyes to listen to you rather than to God, you decide. As for us, there’s no question—we can’t keep quiet about what we’ve seen and heard.’”

Social Justice is giving voice for those who have no voice. There are so many poor and marginalized people that are not heard. It is up to those of us who are privileged and enlightened to speak up for those who are overlooked.

I had an opportunity to do this for our community on many occasions but the one that stood out the most was an incident I had at Sam’s Club. I had over 100,000 people to share my post on the oppressive customer service I received. I think it struck it struck a cord with the people because people are tired of being ignored and mistreated. As a people we work hard for every dollar we get only to be disrespected. I have to cry loud and spare not.

This was bigger than a purchase of a TV set; instead it was time to set The Vision! We will no longer be silent!

We will no longer be silent when hard working people are treated like second-class citizens. We will no longer be silent when it takes our DA Amy Weirich three months to tell us what happened to a black teen-after shot unarmed by a police officer. We will no longer remain silent when blacks make up 13% of the population but 49% of the prison population. It’s not the evil deeds of malicious people that are so detrimental but it is the silence of good people that hurts us more.

The apostle healed a man who had been crippled 40 years. The religious people got upset because they healed him on the Sabbath and they gave refit to Jesus. They warned the apostles not to say anything else about Jesus. Peter told them, “We cannot keep quiet about what we have seen and heard!”

  1. Can I get a witness? When you witness an injustice can you be brave enough to say something about it? When you see an opportunity to speak truth in love will you open your mouth?
  2. The Spirit of Christ compels you. When you really know Jesus you cannot shut up! Jeremiah said it best. But if I say I’ll never mention the LORD or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it Jeremiah 20:29
  3. God will handle those who make threats against you. Our job is to speak boldly and the results are up to God.

This was the prayer of the Apostles after they were threatened and told to shut up:

Acts 4:29 “Take care of their threats and give your servants fearless confidence in preaching your Message, as you stretch out your hand to us in healings and miracles and wonders done in the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

Amen