2014 Nobel Peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai said in her United Nations address, “I raise up my voice – not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.”
There’s something here that young Malala understands deeply about her voice. Many of us have powerful (literal and figurative) voices and platforms that amplify what we say. This awards us opportunity and responsibility. This means that our voices are heard, or read, by many, and this gives weight to our words. What is their purpose? How do we choose them? Scripture is clear that those of us who teach and lead, those who hold a microphone in our hands within the church body on a regular basis, are to be judged more harshly for what we do with that honor. Do we take that seriously?