“Imagine if we all had that — just a speck, a speck of courage. What a wonderful difference it would make,” writes Matt Walsh in his latest piece for The Daily Wire.
Walsh believes that all Christians need to reclaim society from the progressive culture that has taken over is a little bit of courage to stand up for their beliefs.
To support this claim, Walsh cites two recent news stories that illustrate how both courage and a lack thereof can shape the culture for better or for worse.
He highlights the story of former CrossFit executive Russell Berger, who was fired last week when he stated on his personal Twitter that celebrating gay pride is a “sin.” Despite the criticism and hate he has received across all social media platforms, Berger has stood his ground, refusing to apologize for his Christian belief that homosexual practices are sinful.
“Russel Berger clearly has courage,” Walsh notes.
The conservative writer then turns to another example from the past week, when two biological males dominated a Connecticut high school girls’ track and field championship. Walsh points out that one of the transgender students, Terry Miller, switched from the boys’ track team to the girls’ track team only at the beginning of the season. If he had remained on the boys’ team for the spring season, he would have placed 20th in his race. Instead, he placed first among his female peers.
Many are outraged by the outcome of the recent girls’ races, but, as Walsh notes, few are doing anything to combat the injustice.
What ties these two separate incidents together? Moral courage.
From The Daily Wire:
“Specifically, the presence of it in the first case, and the utter lack of it in the second. Russel Berger clearly has courage. Meanwhile, up in Connecticut, it appears that few of the authorities involved — coaches, administration, track and field officials, parents — have even enough courage to fill a thimble halfway. Most of them are going along with the program, obediently and without protest.”
Walsh also points out that “the executive director of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference said that it ‘doesn’t feel good’ to see girls get robbed of their chance to compete in a fair race. But, she insists, this is a question of ‘civil rights.’ ‘You cannot discriminate.'”
Gary Moore, a coach from the Connecticut meet, was one of the only individuals to voice concerns about the boys competing in the girls’ races, stating that it was not fair to allow boys to race. Although he said this, he still thinks boys should be allowed to race but that the league should come up with a way to “level the playing field.”
Walsh proposes a different solution:
“There is, of course, a very obvious way to level the playing field. You could kick the boys off of the playing field and tell them to play on their own field. But Moore, afraid of the names he would be called, would not go so far as to make that obvious suggestion.”
Walsh highlights local reporter, Jeff Jacobs of the Connecticut Post, as one of the few to actually comment on the controversy. Although he was sympathetic towards the girls, he said that the situation was “difficult and complex” for both parties. Jacobs also argued that not allowing the biological boys to race in female competitions would “lower the standards of humanity.” To which Walsh replies, “Uh, what?”
Then he addresses the biggest problem at the heart of the Connecticut track debacle: widespread inaction.
“Then there are the parents of the girls. Many of them have remained silent. They could put an end to this lunacy by banding together and pulling their daughters from the sport until sanity and fairness is restored. Instead, they allow their daughters to participate in what has become nothing more than a charade; a kind of masquerade designed to satisfy the delusions of a couple of boys who don’t belong there.
If every parent who silently disagrees with allowing boys to steal medals from their daughters, and every coach who feels privately disgusted by the whole thing, and every school official who harbors serious reservation in their minds, would all just speak up, and, beyond speaking up, categorically refuse to participate in or facilitate any competition that involves boys, then the problem would be solved. But too many of them are afraid. Too many are cowards. And the smallest minority, pushing the craziest ideology, prevails as a result.”
Walsh calls the situation a “microcosm of our culture,” and it needs to be fought.
“It’s claimed that there is a silent majority who oppose and despise radical leftism,” he writes. “I believe this majority probably exists. And their status as a majority just makes their cowardice all the more shameful. We have allowed the relativists and hedonists to run roughshod over our civilization, dictate terms, get their way, even to the point of intruding into our daughters’ bathrooms and sports teams. We shake our heads, furrow our brows, mutter quietly to each other, as we march to beat of their drums.”
Walsh’s whole point is to call attention to the ramifications of what can happen when you fail to stand up for what you believe.
“I’m afraid that most of us are exactly like the parents, coaches, and officials who stood off on the sidelines politely clapping while a couple of dudes cheated and humiliated their daughters,” he writes.
Walsh then urges us all to be more like Russel Berger, the CrossFit executive who stands firmly behind his beliefs, even after losing his job. He gave up his job, his income, his image, to stand up for what is right. If only a few people in Connecticut would stand up for their daughters, or their friends, then maybe, just maybe we would see a shift in the cultural tide.
“He preferred to lose his income rather than sit by silently and obediently while sin and depravity were celebrated in the streets. That took courage. It would have taken much less courage — really, just a tiny speck of it — for all parties involved to resist the demands of the two ‘transgender’ boys in Connecticut. But even a speck of courage is too much to expect these days.”
Learn from Berger’s example. Instead of bowing down to the ludicrous commands of this culture, stand up for what you believe in.
Ephesians 6:13 commands us: “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.”
What does courage look like for you today? Are you up to the task?
(H/T: The Daily Wire)