Mar 4, 2012

Writers Needed Today

Where are the writers needed today?

This week the news was filled with alarming events--
The devastating monster storms that ravaged middle America,
The death of investigative reporter and publisher 
Andrew Breitbart who dropped dead at 43,
And a report by John Stossel entitled
"Everything Illegal"

Amidst news broadcasts filled with emptiness such as
Reports about Lindsey, Angelina and Snookie
The questions nagged--
Where is the real news
Where are conscientous writers of truth?

Courageous Writers of yesterday:

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Wrote and warned of dangerous trends and threats in
His beloved homeland.

He loved God, he loved people and he loved Germany.
And as the Nazis robbed them of freedom
Bonhoeffer pleaded for all to awaken 
And arise against the forces of evil.
But many were blind to truth
And deaf to his cry.

Before his martyrdom by the Nazis he wrote:

"We have learned a bit too late in the day
That action springs not from thought but
From readiness for responsibility."

(Photo from Wikipedia)
Another hero of the written word was
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
Amidst danger, degradation and destruction
He wrote but the 
Soviet government tried to silence his warnings.
Imprisoned in the Gulag Archipelago he wrote:
"It is time in the West to defend not so much
Human rights as human obligations."

And to writers he encouraged:
"It is the artist who realizes there is a Supreme force
Above him and works gladly away
As a small apprentice under God's Heaven."

"Where are the trained professional writers
Who will set forth the truth about good and evil
In the idiom of our time?"
--Dr. Sherwood Wirt
(Editor Emeritus - the Billy Graham Association)

If you have any doubt there's a need
Stop, look and listen.
Then Google
"Text of Address by
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
at Harvard Class Exercises
Thursday, June 8, 1978."

Let's join the ranks of Solzhenitsyn, Bonhoeffer
Corrie ten Boom and others--
Because today we desperately need voices,
And courageous writers.