Why does it seem like talking about something and acting on it are mutually exclusive? Yes, we need action, but sometimes – sometimes, it’s just not enough. If we want to see change – and this goes for ANY given topic – then we have to spread that awareness to those around us, and that requires demonstration, talk, public service.
Our society loves its contradictions, because if we follow them, it means we never have to be confronted with what we don’t like. So we hear, “Stop talking about it and DO something!” Okay, so someone does – but the action is public, maybe it’s a donation or a public service or whatever, but then someone inevitably responds, “Ugh, you’re just doing it for attention, stop that.” So they stop showing their service, but they do find another way to bring their cause to light – and it’s still not enough.
The NFL debate is a quick example, but honestly, it’s not even the only one – I’ve received this sort of response even in things like childhood cancer or bringing kindness to someone’s day.
If you’re Christian, you have very little business using any of the above statements. We literally have an ENTIRE book that contradicts that sort of living! Public service? The actions taken all throughout the Bible were very public, both those done by Jesus as well as his disciples. Jesus never condemned doing something publicly – he condemned the spirit of doing something for show! There’s a big difference.
We also have an entire book making public statements, TALKING about the issues of concern. You can believe what you want about it, fine, and I understand there are doctrinal differences or even people who don’t believe the Bible, great. But it still stands that we have here an entire book devoted to both talk AND action. Because for any cause to move forward, we need both. And when that action does come, it does need to be both public and private. This is how change is made.