When I was growing up our parents often talked about “peer pressure”. You may remember the famous saying in response to the fact that so and so was going to do something: “And if they jumped off a bridge, would you too?” The point was frustrating at the time, but certainly well taken. And with that we learned to be ourselves, to look at a situation and to decide what was best and healthy and safe. At times we stood alone.
“Peer pressure” is not just for children and adolescence. We have become increasingly aware that adults sometimes, too, just go along with others to be accepted and well thought of. At any age it is difficult to stand alone and to stand up for what is right and just.
In the Acts of the Apostles from the Christian scriptures (Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41) the authorities told the apostles not to talk about Jesus. They spoke up, however, and said, we have been witnesses to these things, we know how God works in our lives and in the lives of others. We need to speak!
How many times in our own lives have we been hesitant to speak the truth as we know it for fear of harm or retaliation or not being accepted? The Spirit of God is with us. In the stillness of our hearts we listen attentively for wisdom and openness.
Our world is in desperate need for the truth to be spoken. What keeps me from speaking the truth as I know it? What keeps you from speaking the truth as you know it?
Our invitation is to embrace freedom.
Blessings and peace,