Why You Can't Stay Silent

Christian Activism

Why I can't stay silent


I have to say – when I “Tweet” and when I write on Facebook – I don’t always get the “warm fuzzies” from many Christians. When I post something that smacks of activism, I usually don't get a response at all. When I post something "warm and fuzzy" I frequently receive a plethora of responses. That’s OK, I’m not doing what I do for approval. If that were the case, I'd only put up warm fuzzy platitudes.

The news these days is pretty grim. It’s not all “feel good.” You know, not every word out of Christ’s mouth was “feel good” either. Often he sounded the alarm, he admonished, we all know what he said to the Pharasiees, but he also chastised the apostles, sometimes he hammered them when he did.

Mat 8:25  And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Save, Lord; we perish.
Mat 8:26  And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

Mat 16:8  And Jesus perceiving it said, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have no bread?
Mat 16:9  Do ye not yet perceive, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
Mat 16:10  Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
Mat 16:11  How is it that ye do not perceive that I spake not to you concerning bread? But beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Mat 16:22  And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall never be unto thee.
Mat 16:23  But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art a stumbling-block unto me: for thou mindest not the things of God, but the things of men.

Now these are just a very few examples from Matthew – I haven’t even touched the Old Testament or other portions of the Bible.

This is some Straight Talk right here! Jesus does not pull any punches. Get thee behind me Satan? He’s calling one of his loyal followers Satan? The point is – Jesus told it like it was and he didn’t sugar coat his words all the time. Yes – because Christians believe he was the Messiah – we KNOW he did it with a perfect heart. I confess, my heart isn’t always perfect when I’m calling for social and political justice. The fact I can never be perfect in this life shouldn’t put the stops on what I believe is one of my callings. I should not sit on the side lines when I see sin, corruption, the outright slaughter of our pre-born children, the erosion of our moral standards starting in our elementary schools and a corrupt government that is promoting anti-Judeo/Christian values. 

I do what I do - “speak” out --  because it’s the right thing to do. I do what I do because I believe as a Christ-Follower first, and as an American, I must speak out. 

The Christian Church has been Reformist from the beginning. “The Church tried, sometimes effectively, sometimes mistakenly, to make life better for the put-upon—the woman, the slave, the serf.” pg. 25 “Why You Can’t Stay Silent.”

Wesley – a reformer was known to say, “The gospel of Christ knows of no religion but social, no holiness but social holiness. I look upon all the world as my parish” [Ibid pg. 29].

We look to Jesus’ most well-known sermon, the Sermon on the Mount – He speaks of “righteousness” and when the Bible repeats something – it’s important for the Christian to take note. Jesus talks about “righteousness” twice in this sermon. “The Hebrew word for righteousness is also translated as justice.” [Ibid pg. 46] Amos 5:24 has the prophet Amos declaring, “But let justice roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”

“Many times, Christians are afraid to stand boldly for righteousness, particularly in public, because they fear being controversial and because people who need to hear the gospel might be repelled from the church or from friendships with Christians. [1 John 3:7] is telling us, in effect, not to worry about that but instead to stand for righteousness and to expect a certain amount of hostility.” [Ibid pg. 48]

As the author of this book points out, if we were not to ever commit to social action, might the abolitionists have simply ministered to those enslaved, rather than get to the politics of what enslaved them?

If speaking out about social injustice isn’t your calling – then this isn’t your calling. But I ask you to consider praying for those who feel called to stand up in public for righteousness. I ask that you support your brothers and sisters in the Lord through your prayers. 

This book assures us that taking up the cross, practically exercising Evangelism does not mean we must never become social activists. More importantly – the GOOD book, the Bible, assures us to fight for what is right, to fight for the faith -- : 

Jud 1:17  But ye, beloved, remember ye the words which have been spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Jud 1:18  That they said to you, In the last time there shall be mockers, walking after their own ungodly lusts.
Jud 1:19  These are they who make separations, sensual, having not the Spirit.
Jud 1:20  But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
Jud 1:21  keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Jud 1:22  And on some have mercy, who are in doubt;
Jud 1:23  and some save, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
Jud 1:24  Now unto him that is able to guard you from stumbling, and to set you before the presence of his glory without blemish in exceeding joy,
Jud 1:25  to the only God our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and power, before all time, and now, and for evermore. Amen.

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jiberish 7 years ago from florida

I sometimes wonder why I feel the need to speak up. I wonder if God would tell me if he wanted me to just shut up. Great Hub!


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cjv123 7 years ago from Michigan Author

You know Jiberish - sometimes I feel the same way. But when I really go before Him, and humbly ask (because TRUST me, I have PLENTY to do), would it be much easier for me NOT to write or post the things I do? Yep. I'd get all the pats on the back anyone could want. It's harder to do what you do. Easier to just walk away and be quiet. But I BURN to do it - I can't rest until I do what I believe I'm supposed to do. I think you'd feel unsettled too if you just stopped. I also think God would give us a slap up side our heads if we really weren't supposed to keep sounding the horn! Keep hubbing lady!


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lostgirlscat 7 years ago

This is hard for me. It will take a great leap for me to even push the post comment button if I say what's in my heart. Where once my love for God was such a steady unquestioned fire in my heart, now there is doubt, loneliness, solitude. This may make you think I no longer believe in God, but I do. What I doubt is the tenets of the religion I was born and raised in,(strict Roman Catholic), and that of pretty much all organized religions. They create so much damage in the human heart, along with the good they undoubtedly do. I believe that where politics and financial concerns enter in to religous practices, venality follows. There are not 10 commandments, but one that encompasses all of them. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, and perhaps, where there is no self love to be found, love one another as Jesus loved us. If just these were ensconced in peoples' hearts, all that God desires would follow.


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cjv123 7 years ago from Michigan Author

I'm a former Roman Catholic - email me if you'd like to "talk". I truly understand how you feel.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

God Bless You for speaking out. I am proud of you. All that is needed for evil to win is for good people to do nothing (to paraphrase Edmund Burke).


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cjv123 7 years ago from Michigan Author

AND TO CLARIFY - when I made that comment for lostgirlscat - I'm not anti-Catholic IN ANY WAY simply because I'm former Catholic. I want to make that clear. It just ended up not being the path the Lord chose for me to take to come to a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In fact, when I left the Catholic Church - I felt adrift and ended up in a religious cult for six years. It was out of that experience that I gave my life to the true Living Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and now my husband and I belong to a church that has it's roots in the Baptist Church - but is independent. Just for clarification. Anyway - the rest of my comment is for James A Watkins - and thank YOU for speaking out as well! AMEN to your paraphrase of Edmund Burke!


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Harvey Stelman 7 years ago from Illinois

cjv,

A none Christian (JEW) understands what you say. Our founders were Christian and they evoked G-D's name constantly. They were all people that stood and spoke.

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gracefaith 6 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi,

Great Hub.

I fond this outspokenness in the aim of glorifying God refreshing. I too feel it is important to speak out on social and political injustice. Satin sugarcoats his sickening pills but the Lord does not have anything to hide and so does not sugarcoat the Truth. Funny how it is the perpetrators of wrong who hate the truth uncoated...

Keep up the good work. I will be following your hubs from now on.

Grace and peace to you sister,

Fiona.


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Hi-Jinks 6 years ago from Wisconsin

My Pastor can take one Bible passage and talk twenty minutes of it. Reciting dozens of these passages doesn't make you more knowledgeable, just busy.


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi-Jinks - I never said I was more knowledgeable. And if I did imply that, who did I supposedly say I was more knowledgeable than? Rhetorical. You're not really strong on reading comprehension, are you?


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lambservant 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

I think people on FB and Tweet and other networking sights avoid things that make them uncomfortable. All they want is to sit around the campfire and sing kubaya. Jesus is lovely, he said lovely things and did lovely things, but as you said, he could be right there up close and personal with calling people, even his own followers on their sin. God is balanced. He is not all sunshine in happy bunny land when people are suffering and we are sitting on our holy duffs. Keep speaking out Carol.


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Wow lambservant you have made my Monday a day of encouragement! Thank you for the confirmation to do what I do! It was something I truly needed to hear! God bless you for taking the time to leave all the comments you did! Carol

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