The last few days have called for courage. There has been tremendous devastation from Hurricane Harvey. There were the protests in Charlottesville by white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and racists. There remain instances where standing up for what is right does not come easy. The sharp moral divisions that exist are not easily overcome. Rather, we must confront the fear we might face to stand up and speak out.
And today’s memorial of the beheading of John the Baptist remind us that often courage has a high cost. To challenge the immoral behavior of another does not always lead us to something good or better. Rather, there can be pain for us. And as Saint John the Baptist’s life shows, there can be death. We live in a time where all over the world those who are Christians are being persecuted and killed for their faith. Yet they still stand up for what is right and true. Will you?