When is courageous speech desperately needed?
I have been saying that courageous speech is especially called for on the frontier between that which is known, and that which is shrouded in darkness. And it is called for every day of your life.
In a family in which nobody is allowed to question why dad drinks so much, courageous speech is one person becoming willing to utter the words – maybe just to herself or to a trusted friend – “My dad is an alcoholic.”
In your dearest friendship, courageous speech dares to say just how much your friend means to you, solidifying the bonds of your relationship against encroaching distrust and insecurity.
In a conflict with a loved one, courageous speech illuminates the source of the conflict, and values the relationship enough to work towards a non-superficial resolution.
At the risk of stepping on a landmine of controversy…
And in a time when some are teaching that “God hates fags”, courageous speech steps forward with a message of God’s love and compassion, denouncing a message of hatred as anti-God, anti-Jesus, anti-gospel and anti-Bible.
On his most recent album, Derek Webb wrote a couple songs in an effort to respond to the “God Hates Fags” message with creative articulation of the gospel. Here’s one of them:
Derek Webb is one of many Christians of today working to articulate a response to homosexuality with something other than hatred or fear. Kudos to him for being willing to speak out!