January 30, 2012

Tell the truth, even if your voice shakes!

Rondall Reynoso

I saw this picture on the Christian Left blog. It really struck a chord with me. This last year has been a hard year for me. Without going into detail (my wife has told part of the story), I chose to stand on principle and doing so often has a cost. I’ve been living that cost for almost a year and, to be honest, it is wearisome. At some point, I will probably go into detail about all that happened but it is still not yet the time. But, one thing has struck me that I have a terrible time reconciling. There exists a great deal of cowardice in our world…in our church. It often is not seen as cowardice, it is seen as reasonableness. Still, I struggle to understand how many who claim that their life is centered on the Truth can hold onto truth so loosely. We must hold it tightly and speak it, especially when it is difficult…even if our voice shakes.

*I did eventually tell the story. You can read about it here

Rondall Reynoso


Rondall is an artist, scholar, and speaker. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Lee University in Cleveland, TN. He holds an MFA in Painting and an MS in Art History from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and is completing a Ph.D. in Art History and Aesthetics from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.

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  • The graffiti in the picture could certainly stand to be exercised by many, especially for those that are at times afraid to speak up, such as myself. I think you’re a stronger person for standing up for yourself and your convictions. You may have been “wounded” a bit, but ultimately it’s better in the long run. This may sound a bit cliche’, but I’m sure you would rather look back at this time in your life and be proud for taking the stand that you did, instead of regretting a compromise.

  • I completely agree. Despite the challenges I wouldn’t change it. i sleep well at night and have no problem looking in the mirror. It has been a huge learning experience though and there are many lessons I will take away from this last year.

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