The great African American evangelist, abolitionist, women’s rights activist, and author, Sojourner Truth, was acclaimed for the quote. This hero of the faith was born into slavery before escaping to freedom in 1826. After gaining her freedom, Truth preached about abolitionism and equal rights for all. In 1843, at age 45, with what she believed was her religious obligation to go forth and speak the truth, she embarked on a journey to preach the gospel and speak out against slavery and oppression.
Sojourner Truth embodied bravery and courage, as she traveled around the country speaking up and speaking out – fighting for good, and she did not do it alone. She is but one example across the history of time of people, named and unnamed. who were so tired of the wrong that she felt the call not to complain, but use their skills, gifts, abilities, and influences on the Fight for Good!
I believe in the times in which we live the clarion call for Good seems prevalent, particularly as we find ourselves at tension with one another, be it in society or in the hollow halls of holy places, simply because we have allowed our differences to overshadow what we agree upon, which is the common good!
It appears that we have allowed good to lapse in this world. But the need for Good is necessary because the life of the unwanted is cheap, where children and the aged are expendable, and where people sit silently while injustices and inequalities take place. We are so bent on being belligerent with one another that we are not fighting the gross inequities of domestic abuse, or the expanses of food deserts, or the illumination of sub-standard education, or the impact of those experiencing homelessness, and the strong imbalance between the have and have nots There is a dire need for champions of the good to rise and begin FIGHTING FOR GOOD.
As receivers of God’s grace, how may we share in the fight for Good? How might we in our daily lives find ways to offer good by our thoughts and actions? What can we do to share in God’s good fight?
Dr. Aleze Fulbright