Monday, December 6, 2004

Infamous

I know I should probably be filling you in about my trip to Tucson, but I've got something else on my mind. I've been thinking about some of the famous rebels in history, now these aren't the only famous people in history, and you don't have to rebel against something to be famous. With that stated, some of the people I've been thinking about specifically disagreed with, and stood their ground against the prominent governmental and religious leaders of their time. A few that come to mind are the Pilgrims, the Disciples, our American forefathers, Martin Luther, Moses, and Noah. These people had wars started against them, were diligently persecuted, and ignored, often times even by the people they were standing up for or trying to rescue.

So I wonder sometimes what I should be standing up for and who I should be standing against. Are there religious leaders in my life who would angrily disagree with me or accuse me of being a heretic like so many historical figures we today embrace as praiseworthy role models? Taking a stand for the sake of taking a stand isn't healthy, and trying to manufacture strong negative emotions towards something isn't healthy either. Staying alert to what truth is and identifying things that are detrimental and infectious towards yourself and others is healthy, and important. Preparing yourself to be used when your spirit is alerted to dangerous internal happenings, and not being afraid to step outside of the things that are done and accepted by your peers are traits of some of our most famous leaders.

1 comment:

HisFootSoldier said...

"If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live."