“A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
I frequently post quotes on twitter and Facebook, and the quote above from Dr. King was a recent post. Other than the fact that I really liked he quote, and the fact that a lot of today’s leaders fail to take a stand, I did not give it much thought. One of my friends on Facebook posted a comment that simply read, “Ironic.”
The irony, a quote from Dr. King about men dying when they failed to rise up and take a stand, and he in turn would die because he took a stand.
A man that stand’s idly by as injustices are lived out before his very eyes, dies a spiritual or moral death. As others join him, the death spread, and could ultimately lead to the death of a business, a culture, and even an entire society.
During this political year it is easy to see when leaders make choices based on political expediency. Major issues are allowed to grow unchecked so they can be manipulated from some political gain. But when politicians take a strong stand on what the truly believe to be right, the often come under attack and risk the end of their careers.
But our companies, churches, and our nation desperately needs leaders that are willing to stand strong for that which is right, and for that which is true, leaders that are willing to risk it all to make a stand.