Go with the flow, don’t make waves, and just let it go, no big deal – sound familiar? Maybe you have even said or thought it yourself occasionally. It is easier to follow the crowd to make a problem disappear than to take the lonely hard position.

However, character stands up when tested – even to the point of pain. Gen. Charles C. Krulak, Commandant of the Marine Corps got it right when he said, “The true test of character comes when the chips are down, when your gut starts to turn, when the sweat starts to form on your brow, when you know the decision you are about to make may not be popular … but it must be made. That’s when your true character is exposed.”

We don’t have the same luxury enjoyed by previous generations where moral conduct, good manners, and respect for the law and property are supported by parents, neighbors, churches, and even the government. Our children and grandchildren’s security and future compel us to get involved.

I encourage you to pay attention to the local news, go to a school board or town council meeting, attend a candidate forum, and don’t forget to vote. 1 Corinthians 16:13 (NLT) reads, Be on guard. Stand true to what you believe. Be courageous. Be strong.

It is not easy or fun but character demands it and then you, too, will make a difference.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)