First they came for the socialists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.
~ Martin Niemöller was a German pastor
I shared this quote that I learned as a teen with my teenager this morning. He's heard it before but needed to be reminded. Highschool is a crazy place and I have been hearing odd little bits of info about the 'judging' teens like to participate in as they create their little niche groups. (disclaimer: I don't necessarily mean my child.)
I am a firm believer that our job is not to judge others for their beliefs or character but to support one another despite our differences. I know many other Christians don't share my belief in this are but the quote above by Martin Miemoller is a reminder of what happens when we don't stand up for those of us who may be a bit 'different' or those who don't share our beliefs.