Fighting Against All Odds

Fighting Against All Odds October 8, 2006

How do you keep fighting injustices against a system that encourages them?

The answer, what alternative do we have?

How do you keep fighting injustices against a system that encourages them?

The answer, what alternative do we have?

But there is something deeper to that answer. As human beings we
cannot continue down a path that resists every step we take without
coming to the brink of quitting. We need encouragement, we need

inspiration, we need people that believe in us.
Who encourages you? What do you draw inspiration from? Do others believe in you?
I have many ambitions for my life and I am blessed to have a family
that supports me. I am blessed to have friends that encourage me. I am
blessed to have a partner that stands beside me.
Yet there is more to keep us going in the fight for justice and
equality. We have the ability to draw upon historical figures such as
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who once said “Everybody can be great
because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have college degree to
serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You
only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” We are
inspired by a just and loving God in Micah 6:8 “…to to do justice, and
to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Through loving
others we continue the fight against a system of injustice, we continue
to end the struggle for equality, and we continue to hold others
As citizens of the United States, a country founded on the principle of
freedom, we have the great responsibility to be examples, a light for
others as Jesus once explained. But the light is not just for the
citizens of foreign countries but also for our leaders here in the U.S.
It is our duty as voters, as citizens, to question our leaders, in
Congress, in the White House, in our churches, synagogues, and mosques,
not to follow them with blind faith. We need to answer them with a
faith that questions and seeks answers. We need to inspire them with
our hope of a better future. We need to bring them back the question of
how do you keep fighting injustices? They have lost sight of our
founding principal of freedom and the desire to fight injustice. We
need to refocus with a new found hope that restores the ideals of
freedom and seeks justice.
Sadly, we have found what the alternative is to fighting injustices. We
find a country that has lost its way. We leave children behind with
failing schools, we leave the poor behind as we give tax breaks to the
rich, we leave soldiers behind as we send them to a war based on wrong
intelligence and lies.
The problem is justice and freedom go hand in hand. We cannot have
freedom without justice and we cannot have justice unless we have
freedom. This fight against all odds must continue. We must struggle
day in and day out on our local levels and we must be a light to our
elected leaders to see justice and freedom prevail on a national and
global level.
To finish on an inspirational note, I will leave it with a quotation from former North Carolina State Coach Jimmy Valvano:

“Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.”

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