I Bear Witness


“If all of us acted in unison as I act individually, there would be no wars and no poverty. I have made myself personally responsible for the fate of every human being who has come my way.” –Anais Nin 

As a kid, I was told the real power of the crucifixion of Christ was not that it happened, but that there were people to bear witness to the act. People saw and were able to deliver first-hand their testimony.

I testify to change hearts and minds.

I travel the world, because I believe in the power of connection and community. I believe in the beauty of humanity and the gift of mercy. I travel to help strip bare the man-made constraints of culture and language and all the other social barriers we have created to keep us apart.

I travel so I can testify.

To deliver a testimony.

I am a connector. I help connect people, ideas, and organizations. I am a builder of community and the foundation of my building is based on the rock of social justice. As I share my thoughts on social justice and some of my personal beliefs on community, I hope, in turn, you will share your thoughts with me.

I believe God’s love for the world is an active and engaged love, a love seeking justice and liberty for all.  I believe we cannot just be observers to pain and suffering, because I believe in the inherent dignity and value of all humans. So I testify:

If my sister in Angola is not safe, then we are all responsible.

Every child that goes to bed hungry, whether across the world or up the street, is my child.

And my child deserves dignity and honor. My sister deserves to be seen, loved, acknowledged and cared for.

So I bear witness. I bear witness to confirm the right of persons and peoples to determine their own destiny and daily lives; to live in peace and security; and to flourish in freedom. We all have the right to live in a safe and secure place. Freedom is our divine right. We all should be free to move beyond past limitations and become all we were created to be.

I cannot be of service to people whom I am separate from physically or mentally. I can have no degrees of separation–we are one community. We must build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.

We must work together to conceive and build the good community, society and world we want and deserve to live in. Robert Ingersoll says we should give to every human being every right that we claim for ourselves. I could not have said it better.

In a real community, no one is invisible or unworthy. Not my child nor my sister. So I bear witness to make sure they are seen and heard.


How about you:

  • Do you bear witness to another’s suffering? Do you testify of their struggle?
  • Do you believe that giving voice to another’s struggle promotes global freedom and community?
  • What are your thoughts on the pursuit of social justice?


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