Act boldly is more than a past triennial gathering theme; it’s a lifestyle. It’s how we live our lives in a way that reflects our values and attitudes. And as Christians, we are called to be bold in our actions. Being bold doesn’t necessarily mean being loud, pushy, belligerent, or even gregarious. Whatever our temperament or personality, each Lutheran Christian is called through our baptism to act boldly.
Our Lutheran theology gives us great freedom to be risk-takers. In whatever ways we act boldly, both individually and collectively, we know that we are likely to face risks. To act upon God’s dreams for the world will likely put us in conflict with the ideals our culture holds dear. We can survive and even flourish in spite of these risks through the communities of women who surround us. We are continually enabled, empowered, and supported by God’s grace.
This message is adapted from “Grace Notes” written by Linda Post Bushkofsky in the July/August 2005 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine. Today we remember Bartolome de Las Casas, missionary to the Indies, who died in 1566.