Thank you, God, for my gift of free speech.
Last night, I read an article about a decision my university made that I have strong opinions about. Without getting into details, the university made statements about supporting the Christian community on campus despite cutting our resources and showing minimal involvement in on-campus Christian organizations.
I was upset and decided to write a letter to the president and provost expressing my concerns about the university’s decisions. While I was writing some notes about what I wanted to say, it occurred to me how lucky I am to freely express my views.
As Americans, we often forget that people in other countries do not have the same rights we do. Many people in Asian, African, Caribbean, and Eastern European countries face prison, exile, or even death for expressing their views. They cannot speak out in public, post on social media, or publish articles that conflict with the opinion of the government or other ruling body.
The fact that I can even have this blog is a blessing!
I often take for granted the fact that I can say what I want in America. I can post political articles on Facebook, tweet about my faith, and write letters of dissatisfaction to community leaders. Many other people in world, even some of the people reading this blog, do not have that freedom.
So, I will use my gift of free speech to bless others. I will continue to write in this blog and speak out in my community when something needs to be done. I will share my faith with those who will listen. I will use my words to lift others up and advocate for those who are fortunate enough to have a voice.
God blessed me with my privilege, and I will use it to honor him.
Thank you for placing me in a country that allows me to speak my mind. I know many people around the world desire and daily fight for the freedom I so often take for granted. Help me to see my privilege and use it to speak for those who cannot. Help me use my words, spoken and written, to honor you and bless others as you have blessed me. Thank you, Lord, today and every day.