An Open Letter to Elizabeth Brooks (The Liberty Student Who Organized the Protest of Jerry Falwell Jr)

An open letter to the Liberty University student who organized the protests against Jerry Falwell Jr and is calling for the university’s financial books to be examined. This blog has a deep amount of respect for Elizabeth Brooks and hopes that she is encouraged forward in posts like this one. 

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.

Mark Twain 

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.

Maya Angelou 

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children

Ephesians 5:1 NIV

The Yosemite Valley at dusk

Dear Elizabeth-

 I want to take a moment and say that I am very impressed with you and what you have done at Liberty. The protest you organized and what others participated in is monumental. These kinds of events really don’t happen at a place like Liberty. What is impressive is not only the message you sent to the outside world, but what you sent to the school. You said you care and that the issue of the allegations of financial misconduct was troubling enough. Someone had to do something and it was you Elizabeth.   

From my perspective there has been a lot of troubling stories coming from Liberty these past two years. It has bothered me that many Liberty students go along and seem to condone it. The corruption and the politics is threatening the faith and when you study history government and faith have not mixed well. As Philip Yancey writes in the end its the church that gets burned and harmed. I am in my mid 40’s and I am seeing the hubris from toxic faith in my own life. Friends who are washed up and fried due to being burned out in some of these programs. So this blog commends you for standing up and raising these issues. 

From my perspective this shows a caring and deep faith that you have. Why do I say that? Well its because of the risk and the way you organized a response. In today’s world there are too many followers and not enough leaders. Your bold action reveals your concern and love for your school. It also shows how your parents raised you well and poured their life into caring and teaching you. In history books it is often the young who drive change and have protested. In the days of segregation of the south, young college students conducted freedom rides across the south. Have you ever seen the pictures of the German youth climbing the Berlin Wall and celebrating and standing firm among water cannons? Revolutions have been often led by the young yearning for change. Another great example comes in a classic piece of literature called Les Miserables. In Victor Hugo’s classic he writes about the young organizing resistance and manning the barricades. In this situation your youth is an asset and your bravery is to be commended. In choosing to protest and calling for an independent investigation you have shown the world what it means to be free. You are free in that you spoke up when many people remain silent. This blog has the deepest respect for you Elizabeth, You have made your mark and your family, friends, Liberty students and Lord are proud of you. Please carry this forward. 

Very Respectfully, 

David Bonner