Why You Can't Stay Silent
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
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.