Pope Francis challenged a group of students on June 6, 2013 with these words:
"Involvement in politics is an obligation for a Christian. We Christians cannot "play the role of Pilate", washing our hands of it; we cannot. We must be involved in politics because politics is one of the highest forms of charity, for it seeks the common good."
First, we can inform ourselves and share information with others. In a small way, this is part of what I hope to accomplish with this blog, keeping you informed of harmful and helpful practices that you won't hear about in the mainstream media. Secondly, we can vote for candidates who demonstrate integrity, faith and a sincere desire to serve the people. We can offer our time to stuff envelopes, hand out flyers or talk to people about some of the important issues of our day. We can share natural options with them and give them hope.
As the essential oil world, and the natural health world in general, wrestle with the mandates of the FDA and the AMA, frustration can set in as good, wholesome options for healing are squelched and drugs causing horrific side effects are promoted. It can at times seem a bit like David and Goliath, small voices raised against an undefeatable giant. And yet, we have a right and a responsibility to use the stones in our belt and aim our votes, our letters, and our money squarely where the impact might be felt.
We can vote with our dollars by how we spend them. We can choose to use products from companies that we know are not working hand in glove with government agencies. We can refuse to eat GMO foods until the demand is so great that food companies have no choice but to choose healthier options. We can refuse medications that are not absolutely necessary and have candid conversations with our doctors about the side effects, the innate healing ability of the body, good nutrition and healthier alternatives until these doctors join the fight against health injustices and return to a passion for true healing.
We do not need to feel like victims. We can play a part in being the change.
My challenge to you today is to decide what one thing you are going to do to "face the giant", whether it be to polish your stones, practice your skills or educate yourself by spending 15 minutes a day learning something new. I hope there are resources on this website and others like it that can be a help to you.