Friday, June 14, 2013

First They Came

First They Came

First they came for the socialists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.

~ Martin Niemöller was (German pastor)

I shared this quote that I learned as a teen with my teenager this morning. He's heard it before but needed to be reminded. High School is a crazy place and I have been hearing odd little bits of info about the judging, teens like to participate in, as they create their little niche groups. (disclaimer: I don't necessarily mean my child.) 

I am a firm believer that our job is not to judge others for their beliefs or character but to support one another despite our differences. I know many other Christians don't share my belief in this. But the quote above by Martin Miemoller is a reminder of what happens when we don't stand up for those of us who may be a bit 'different' or those who don't share our beliefs.

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