Yesterday I chaperoned a field trip for my daughter’s 3rd grade class. We went to the Kelton House here in Columbus. It was a very interesting trip. The staff does a great job keeping the attention of the kids while giving them a tour of the home and telling them the history of it. The Kelton family was amazing in many ways. They were part of the underground railroad during the Civil War. They believed in it so much they built their house a certain way in order to make it easier for escaping slaves to find them and to hide while there. One of the things that was said during the presentation was a stark reminder of what that time in America really was. I don’t have the exact quote, but she quoted from the diary of Sophia Kelton saying that in spite of being illegal and the severe consequences of helping the slaves that they had to do it because it was the right thing to do. This wealthy influential family put everything at risk to help others. She started the presentation saying that she was a lawbreaker though she didn’t look like the typical criminal.
Do we believe in the right thing enough to put everything at risk? Right and wrong are not defined by the legal system. Right and wrong are defined by the character of God. So often the right thing to do is difficult. It will require sacrifice. It will involve risk. It may have a great cost. But, if it is the right thing and the right time, it MUST be done.