By Dave Leach
The most popular excuse for leaving tyranny unopposed is the fear that fighting it will only draw the attention, rage, and retribution of tyrants.
But the opposite is true. Just as the best protection from a hostile dog is to face it, and the most dangerous thing you can do is turn your back on it, (generally), this story about Janet Napolitano dancing around her hastily withdrawn action against a “Dreamer” leader’s parents illustrates, almost humorously, the “force field” you create around yourself through shining your light on tyranny.
This principle is recognized even in the Bible, in 6 verses where powerful tyrants turned out to be as helpless as ants when there was a little light shining their way.
I want to dedicate these six verses to Robert Allen, my favorite (and only) comment-leaver:
And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.
But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.
And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people: for they knew that he had spoken the parable against them: and they left him, and went their way.
And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour sought to lay hands on him; and they feared the people: for they perceived that he had spoken this parable against them.
And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.
Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned.
Of course, some who oppose tyranny do end up paying “the ultimate price”. But generally, tyrants have fare more to fear than you, from letting your Light shine.