Posted with the kind permission of Mary Brookins
The original article was posted on http://mjtpmagazine.presspublisher.us/issue/time-after-time/article/cadeflaw-we-have-to-put-our-hearts-on-the-line
As I recall the Cadeflaw interview on blogtalkradio (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/a-place-in-your-heart) hosted by Rev. Catherine Gross a few weeks ago, I remember that just before the actual interview started, Rev. Gross played Michael Jackson’s song “On the Line.” She stated that she felt the song was appropriate for the occasion and fit the work that Cadeflaw was doing. I had never considered our mission in those terms; however, opportunity has permitted me to go back and really listen to the words of the song, and in doing so I have received an even greater revelation in the pursuit of an anti-defamation legacy law.
We can’t pretend that there’s nothing wrong. There has been something wrong for a very long time. However, I don’t think that most of us realized just how much was going on and the severity of it. I think many turned their heads the other way and pretended not to notice because they were ashamed of Michael and the allegations that had been pinned to his character. Many had a chip on their shoulder and still carry that chip around. Michael told us in his song that hard times don’t go away, that they just don’t disappear. We have to endure them by removing the chip and opening up. We have to start raising our voices. We’ve got to have faith. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Faith holds the position of the things we want to see happen, and we have to hang on to faith as that thing until we actually witness it come to life.
Nothing good ever comes trouble-free. With hard work and victory there will always come some emotional trauma and, often, a tremendous amount of physical discomfort. If a man doesn’t put forth some effort, he will not be able to eat. We have to perform some labor to benefit from the fruits of our labor and earn the right of entry to the fat of the territory. Too often, we enter but then become resistant to the work or the labor of the task. We become upset when our names aren’t mentioned or we begin to adopt a jealous spirit. We have to keep pushing no matter how hard the labor becomes. If the woman who is in labor stops pushing, the baby will have a difficult time attempting to enter the birth canal. And there is labor in giving birth to a neo-project.
All good things come in due time. A patient seeker will be satisfied in due time, and to everything there is a season. Everything good does come in time, but only to those who work for it. What matters is not the success of the attempt made, but the attempt itself. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart (Matthew 12:35). A good person is one who has been regenerated or has a renewed spirit. Out of the abundance of a man’s regenerated heart will flow from his mouth the treasury of his good heart or the issues of his good life.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9). In the appointed season, we shall receive the full reward of all our self-denials and charities. We shall reap, if we faint not. Unless a man perseveres in doing good to the end of life, he can hope for no reward. He who becomes disheartened and who gives over his efforts; he who is appalled by obstacles and faints on account of the embarrassments thrown in his way; he who pines for ease and withdraws from the field of benevolence shows that he has no true attachment to the cause – and that his heart has never been truly in the work of the appointment (Barnes notes).
We have to have something to believe in. We have to have an open mind. We have to have confidence in the truth or value of that good thing we look forward to or work toward. We have to enter in with a spirit of expectancy. In order to enter with the courage of expectation, we have to have an open mind. Too many times, our minds become closed to things because we lack the tolerance, we’re not ready to receive it, or we have made up our minds that we won’t receive it. Many times, closed minds appear because we didn’t think of something, or we thought of it but didn’t act on it. Then someone else comes along and acts upon that same task. When God gives an assignment, He is not going to wait until we get ready. He will prepare us for the task at hand, but if we refuse to carry out the command, He will then appoint someone else who will do it. Remember that He has a ram in the bush on hand at all times.
How do we put our hearts on the line? We have to take risks. There will be much to gain, but there’s also a lot to lose. In any attempt to make things right, there are always obstacles and many people who’ll tell you it won’t work. But how will we ever know it won’t work if we don’t put forth the effort? We have to reach out and try. We waste a lot of time listening to people tell us what can’t be done and what was done in the past. Let’s take hold of the new thing: Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert (Isaiah 43:19). A wonderful and unheard-of thing comes forth when we really put our hearts on the line.
It is called a “new thing” because of its excellence. It is of a spiritual nature, complete and eternal. It has so many valuable blessings in it: justification, freedom and joy. I feel honored that I was hand-picked out of many to take hold of such a task. Though I know it will be difficult, there is honor in it. God impregnated us with Cadeflaw; we gave birth to it, and now we have to continue to nourish it by laboring and toiling so that the fruit will drip from it. We may endure many sleepless nights and become weary at times, but we can’t give up. I’ve looked in the mirror and didn’t like what I saw. Things have become much clearer and now it’s time to go for that change.
If you’re not prepared to put your heart on the line, the Cadeflaw mission may not be for you. It’s an enormous risk, and you have to be willing to give up something. What are you willing to give up? There is nothing entertaining about advocacy, especially advocacy of an anti-defamation law that most people don’t want to entertain anyway. Cadeflaw is an advocacy mission in the form of social justice. For us, advocacy represents a series of actions taken and issues highlighted to change the “what is” into a “what should be.” This “what should be” is a more decent and just change for social justice, and it is, simply put, the right thing to do. You’ve got to put it ALL on the line.
We believe it’s morally wrong to defame the character of any deceased person. They can’t defend themselves, and Cadeflaw’s charge is to help those left behind, who suffer emotionally and financially, to protect and preserve the legacy of their loved ones. We believe a posthumous law will provide them with that.
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Remember: We’ve got to put it ALL on the line if we want to make it right. And we’re putting our hearts on the line because of defaming articles like this one: http://www.hecklerspray.com/michael-jacksons-erotic-sketches-to-be-given-to-sick-children/201162662.php
August 10, 2011
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can
never repay you.”— John Bunyon