Courage is Contagious

Courage is Contagious

It’s time. We have sat back in our “polite silence” for too long. We have been afraid to offend the easily offended. We have been afraid to lose friends – cyber and IRL (in real life). For many, we have been afraid to lose jobs or clients or promotions.

As a result, we’ve walked on eggshells. We haven’t bothered to pipe up with our 2 cents on really important matters…like sex ed, for instance. We’ll just be quiet and polite and we will vote. And in a state like Washington, that doesn’t get us very far.

The loud voices on the democratic side of our country have made us feel unwelcome in our own society. In our public schools and our places of business, we are treated like outcasts. The things we believe in and value in life – God, family, human life, minimal government, entrepreneurship – are not wanted by the socialist democrats in our society. In our efforts to protect ourselves and our families, we have sat back quietly so as not to “ruffle feathers.”

I have never been one of those people who was afraid to say what I think. If people don’t like me because of the things I believe and the opinions I hold, I’m really fine with that. I’m not for everyone and that’s ok. I realize that not everybody is like me in this way. I know many people care very much what other people think and exercise more caution or restraint in vocalizing their opinions. (I still haven’t decided if this is a fault or an asset…a bit of both, I suppose) I know there are a lot of people who need to be careful in what they say and where they say it because it could cost them their job. I get that.

But now here we are. We are on the verge of losing our country. It’s quite possible that we may lose many of the freedoms that we have long taken for granted.  Many of the jobs and careers we have been so careful to protect, could be gone. The businesses many have worked so hard to build, could close forever. While we know that millions made the ultimate sacrifice for us to have these freedoms, we are now face-to-face with the same fight our forefathers had. I don’t say this to scare you. I say this because I believe this is a very real possibility.

Courage is not negotiable. We do not have a choice. Courage is when you feel those feelings of fear so deep but you know you have to take action regardless of how you feel. Courage is literally feeling the fear and doing it anyway.

Julie Barrett

And here’s the great thing – courage is contagious. If one person steps out in courage and makes a bold statement in truth or takes action for change it empowers other people around them to do the same. “If she can do it, so can I!” And the domino effect of courage is set in motion and picks up momentum with each act of courage.

Our time has run out. We do not have the luxury any longer to sit back and be quiet. We cannot fear “cancel culture” or loss of friends. There is too much on the line. I would rather lose my friends and lose my job than lose the freedoms that we have in this country. And that, my friends, is a very real possibility if we do not stand up and fight.

I want to encourage and empower you to take courage. Exactly one-half of our country (and I’d argue it’s more than that) feels the same way you and I do. We will not be quiet any longer. We will fight back against cancel culture because they can’t cancel us against each other. We will have each other’s backs. We will shop freedom-friendly businesses and we will hire patriots to work in our businesses.

That post you’ve been afraid to share – share it! That American flag you’ve been afraid to fly – fly it proud!

We can be gracious and compassionate in how we “come out” as conservatives. We don’t need to be obnoxious about it. But we must do it…before it’s too late.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

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