When I was a little girl (or as my grandmother would say, “no bigger than knee high to a grasshopper”), I would play possum, pretending to be asleep or invisible when my parents or grandparents walked into the room. “I wonder where Deborah Jan is,” they would say. “I just saw her playing.” Then I would hop up from the couch or bed squealing with excitement, “Here I am.” I had forgotten all about playing possum until I heard a news commentator mention those words this week.
I don’t remember who said it, but the reporter said he wondered if portions of America are “playing possum” this election. I understood what he meant — I could relate. Actually, I would LOVE to play possum every day, pulling covers over my head, not wanting to get involved, just biding my time until after November 8. Then I realize that by remaining silent, not making my voice heard, sharing with others, even when they don’t agree with my own views, I become part of the problem.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” I admire Bonhoeffer immensely – a German theologian who willingly returned to Nazi Germany to be salt and light in that dark world. He made a difference then that continues to this day. I am certainly no Dietrich Bonhoeffer, but my voice can make a difference in someone’s life.
I choose to be salt and light in a world that is progressively becoming darker with respect to life issues. I now know where life comes from and it is sacred and I want to share that message. Please pray for me and those in the ministry of Initiative 180 as we share our stories and become the salt and light, hands and feet of Jesus. No more playing possum for us.
Matthew 5:13-16 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”