There is never any excuse for hatred, never any mandate for bullying and never any reason violence against anyone is acceptable. Yet there are too many signs that some people now believe they not only can act in these ways, but that they have permission to do so. These actions – and the attitudes that undergird them – are morally repugnant and reprehensible. They must be named for what they are and stopped. And it is those who love God, and especially those who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord, who must lead the way. Not out of some sort of moral superiority, but because we are called to love, be part of Jesus’ mission in the world and help God’s transformation of the world become a reality. All of which means that the question you now must answer is quite simple. Are you willing to step forward?