Speak Up & Stand Up

One of the first and most important steps we can take as Christians is to open our eyes and acknowledge the problem around us—and speak up about the fact that it is wrong. Throughout history, passionate Christian people have led the charge in defeating social evils—standing up against things like slavery (think William Wilberforce), abortion and poverty.

Bullying should be no exception. We need to make strong statements, out loud, to our peers, that any form of bullying and harassment of others is always wrong, including making fun of others, speaking down to them and saying things that hurt people.

Christian students in particular should be bold in speaking up to oppose that kind of behavior because it goes completely against the model Christ gave us and that is reflected in Bible verses like these: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:16-17.

As these verses demonstrate, the model Christ gave us is one of sacrificial love that lays down one’s own life to rescue others. So Day of Dialogue activities should always reflect that spirit. Any verbal and written expressions used by students participating in this event should be loving and compassionate—and never be expressed in a condemning or antagonistic way. Even when we disagree with others, we should always demonstrate the utmost compassion and respect for them.

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