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Principled Protest

The Bible is filled with people who protest.

Scripture records one individual after another who—often against powerful and dangerous forces—initiates cultural change based on the principle of God’s truth and justice.

Each person echoes Peter, “We must obey God rather than men!” (Acts 5:29).

Jesus incarnates principled protest. As the embodiment of truth and justice, He exposes inequity, discrimination, bigotry, and corruption. He confronts these ideas with the full knowledge that taking such action comes with a price.

Continued through the centuries, from Roman martyrs to Martin Luther King, the very fiber of Christianity is to challenge injustice.

Even Protestantism derives its name from the principled stand of Martin Luther. Principled protest will sometimes impact millions.

The Salvation Army is the direct result of principled action. William and Catherine Booth resigned from the relative security of pastoral ministry to serve the destitute. Principled protest can be forceful and calm, and it can be a lifetime commitment.

There are numerous and varied ways to protest. When the cause is just, and the means do not violate the end, a final question remains, “Am I willing to face the consequences of the action?”

Injustices exist in many places; you have to decide which ones God is calling you to stand against. You have to decide if you are willing to face the consequences.

Gandhi called it satyagraha, or “truth force.”

by Colonel Richard Munn

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