These are some words from my recent sermon:
It is at pivotal moments in our lives and our decisions to act with or without integrity, to choose to say or do the right thing, to not misuse our power that can display our character.
What power? It is sometimes easier to see the power we do have in comparison to those who have little or none.
Do you have a home? Be a voice for the homeless. Do you have money in the bank? Be a voice for those living in poverty.
Do you have food in your cupboards? Be a voice for the hungry. Do you have family? Be a voice for the orphan, the lonely, the refugee.
Can you walk down the street without being abused? Be a voice for the trans community, the woman in the hijab… and so on and so forth.
Just a few short weeks later Boris Johnson made his comment about women in hijab’s, following which attacks on those wearing them increased. Regular reported tweets from the Whitehouse are personal and offensive. Distant bullying on social media is invasive causing harm and distress.
Our words matter. They can cause pain and hurt or they can build up and transform. Proverbs 12 says ‘A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit’. In other words, kindness and respect in how we talk to and speak of each other doth indeed maketh the man, woman and child.