day of silence

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.  + Isaiah 11:6

The Day of Silence, a day set aside for students across the country to hold silence in order to call attention to the silencing effect bullying and harassment has on the LGBT community, is almost here.  On Friday, April 20th, 2012, thousands of young people across the country will make their communities safer by saying, without words, that bullying is wrong, period.  Hating, rejecting, mocking, or ostracizing someone because of their sexuality is wrong, period.

I wonder if churches might have something to learn from these students...  I wonder if Christians across the country might also hold silence for our history of bullying, rejection, and discrimination...  I wonder if we might take some time to hold silence, on Friday and/or on Sunday, to repent on behalf of our brothers and sisters within the Christian faith who are actively trying to “cure” or encourage people to “journey out” of their sexuality... 

I wonder what might happen if we let these students lead us?  I wonder if it’s time for church people across the nation to stand up and say, with and without words, that all people are created in the image of God, period.  If we learned anything on Good Friday, it ought to be this:  hating, rejecting, mocking, or ostracizing someone for any reason is wrong, period.

What you think?  Does the National Day of Silence has something important to say to the church, to your church?  Tell us... 


Thanks to Brent Matthews Lillard for supporting the National Day of Silence.