June 28, 2024

Courage is usually defined by people who do things that frighten them. They may be afraid of a consequence, but they perform the deed or task without too much undue focus on the possible negative aspects. More often than not, we view someone as courageous in the setting of battle. The warrior charges forth, filled with fear but conquers the foe with gallantry and valor. Great history from our military Medal of Honor recipients, but rare, at best.

During a recent trip to the Sun Valley Policy Forum, I was a first-hand witness to a different kind of courage, but a remarkable courage nonetheless. The speaker was a young man by the name of Charlie Kirk. At just 30 years old, Charlie has founded a national youth conservative movement, authored 5 books, hosts a nationally syndicated radio program, does a top-rated daily podcast and speaks at a huge number of college campuses and events each year. He is dedicated to identifying, organizing, and empowering young people to promote the principles of free markets and limited government.

Those things, while impressive for a person of any age, do not represent courage in my view. What does take courage is to continue speaking the truth while people and organizations are working hard to silence or even hurt you. Physical, financial, familial and spiritual attacks are all a real possibility every time Charlie speaks, travels or just goes out for dinner. Verbal and online assaults are a common part of his every day existence. Yet, he continues to speak what he believes and holds as truth without undue regard for the opposition.

When you do the right thing, like speaking the truth in love, you cannot go wrong. But it takes courage! You have emboldened me Charlie, I’m in!

June 28, 2024

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