Speaking the Truth

March 20, 2011

“Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.” – Ephesians 4:25

After Mother Teresa died, Peggy Noonen was quoted in Time Magazine concerning her life. She saw Mother Teresa at a National Prayer Breakfast. Peggy said, “She spoke of God, love and families. She said we must love each other. There was a great purr of agreement throughout the crowd, but as the speech continued, it became more and more pointed. Mother Teresa asked, ‘Do you do enough to make your parents in those old folks homes feel loved?’ The baby boomers in the audience began to shift in their seats. And then she said, ‘I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion,’ and she told them why in uncompromising terms.” Noonen said there was complete silence in the room. “Then applause broke out but the President and the First Lady didn’t move a muscle. Little old Mother Teresa was not concerned, nor was she afraid in speaking the truth to power.”

Do you have that kind of courage? To speak the truth even to the most powerful people in your life? Mother Teresa had it and so can we when we speak to please God before men.