Posted by: ritagone | June 15, 2016

The Just Man

From Elie Wiesel, American Romanian-born Jewish writer, activist, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate, words to take to heart on so many levels and for so many reasons today because of what’s going on in the world and particularly in the United States:

 

         “One of the Just Men came to Sodom, determined to save its inhabitants from sin and punishment. Night and day he walked the streets and markets protesting against greed and theft, falsehood and indifference. In the beginning, people listened and smiled ironically. Then they stopped listening; he no longer even amused them. The killers went on killing, the wise kept silent, as if there were no Just Man in their midst.

         One June a child, moved by compassion for the unfortunate teacher, approached him with these words: ‘Poor stranger, you shout, you scream, don’t you see that it is hopeless?’ ‘Yes, I see,’ answered the Just Man. ‘Then why do you go on?’ ‘I’ll tell you why. In the beginning, I thought I could change man. Today, I know I cannot. If I still shout today, if I still scream, it is to prevent man from ultimately changing me.’”

 

Maybe we should all read these words daily during this unbelievably cruel and vicious political campaign (on both sides, mind you). Or when tragedy strikes through the hatred and venom of one man who goes on a shooting spree in a gay club in Orlando, Florida. Let’s not let man – any man or woman – change us to a lesser version of ourselves.

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Responses

  1. This is a valuable image to ponder. Good words.

  2. Thank you for this timely excerpt from one of my all-time favorite authors. It calls each of us into accountability in the midst of tragedy to determine how we will respond.

  3. What a great man. His autobiography was a page-turner…such wisdom.

  4. Great blog today reminder that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Man is born with a sinful nature so it all makes sense that there is so much evil in the world. Where would we be without the LORD and the hope of heaven!!!

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