I loved this presentation. What i love from his presentation is that not being silent does not merely mean words. He gives a testimony of his life that he used to speak out but only realized that he was just satisfying the ears of his listeners, that he was not speaking into the consciences of the others. I can relate so well with his experience, i am very self conscious and sensitive to what would people think of me. Though i do speak out to certain things, i always make sure i don’t loose anything and rather gain more respect and honor. This realization was greatly magnified by Facebook. When i place a comment, i would expect many likes on it. This means that i depend on people for an identity, i am in effect worshiping people and depending on them for my joy and meaning in life. It is like i have them into a god. That is in effect rejecting the truth that i was created by God, this is the response of my fallen sinful nature. I need to accept that i have a true identity in God who created me. When God created mankind he said this is good. Each person was good in God’s eyes even before anyone did anything good or bad. When Jesus died on the cross he said it is finished, the work of God to transform me into his son was completed.
From the presentation i learn that, not being silent will cost you something, either reputation, job, friendship, even your life (as was the case with Martin Luther King Jr), etc. Considering the love of God revealed through what Jesus did for me, i really have no reason to be silent. Thanks Clint Smith for this awesome presentation.
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”– Martin Luther King Jr.