I’m excited to welcome to the blog today my friend Craig Glass. Craig is the founder and president of Peregrine Ministries in Colorado Springs. Through a variety of avenues ~ including father-son “rite of passage” retreats, conference speaking, individual coaching, and ongoing partnerships with churches and their men’s ministries ~ Craig helps men understand their identity in Christ, embrace their role as men, and Live out their God-given calling in life. I encourage you to learn more about his life and work at www.peregrineministries.org.
In 2002 TIME magazine’s Persons of the Year were three women who spoke truth to power:
- Sherron Watkins, the Enron vice president who wrote a letter to chairman Kenneth Lay warning him that the company’s methods of accounting were improper.
- Coleen Rowley, the FBI attorney who caused a sensation with a memo to FBI Director Robert Mueller about how the bureau brushed off pleas from her MN field office to investigate a man who became one of the 9/11 disaster
- Cynthia Cooper, who blew the cover off WorldCom when she informed its board that the company had covered up $3.8 billion in losses through phony bookkeeping.
More recently, Gregory Hicks, the deputy chief of mission during the Sept. 11th assault on the U.S. embassy in Libya has been speaking truth to power by describing a series of events other than what we have heard before.
The first documented time the term “truth to power” was used was in a series of papers, “A Quaker Search for an Alternative to Violence,”developed by the Quakers in the 1950’s as they urged alternatives to violence in the conduct of the Cold War. Considering the consequences a truth-teller might experience, speaking truth to power epitomizes genuine conviction that something is wrong, and genuine courage to do and say something about it.
Every now and then doing the same might place us in disagreement or even outright conflict with those in positions of authority over us. As we see in the news on a regular basis, conflict with those in power happens in the workplace, in ministries and the church, and in the military. Authority gets potentially abused or blind in just about any place we might work.
What do we do about that? I propose we speak truth to power.