Recently I got into a heated discussion with someone. First let me say it was sort of through text messages and an argument or discussion this way is not the best way… Words when expressed have emotion attached to them. In any environment where you are not “face to face” and cannot experience those emotions, a great deal is lost and can be misconceived or misconstrued in the message.
Keeping in mind my recent post, “Be careful What You Say”, sometimes it’s better just to keep your mouth shut. Wrong or right, this time I felt compelled to say something. Let me give you the short version of the heated discussion. This is not the point of this writing, but I hope it serves as a good example as to when you should say something. The comment made was made in two different post and was regarding the choice of the 2016 presidential candidates. Let me say that we were both in agreement that in our humble opinions there are no real good choices as candidates. Where the disagreement came in was whether or not a Christian should choose one or just wait for divine intervention. To put it his way, “Choose the lesser of evils or just sit on your hands and expect God to choose”. He was the sit on your hands guy…
So the point here again is, when do you shut up and when do you speak up. A lot of times you may notice I post something and then a few hours or days later I take it down. That’s because I ask the question “shut up or speak up?” a lot. Sometimes saying it (Putting it out there.) and then leaving it alone (Taking it down.) is best. Sometimes you need to drive the point home and then back off. Most times when you need to drive the point home, beware, satan will do his best to wreck your train. Saying nothing is always a choice but it can come with consequences. If you say nothing you have no right to complain or expect anything different other than whatever choice those who did choose made. So let me give a fictitious example. Lets say the choice is between someone who claims to be a Christian, is a known liar, who is pro abortion pro adultery, pro limiting the churches rights, and on the other hand… Someone who is doubtful a Christian, speaks all to often before thinking, has questionable undecided polices, but! Believes abortion is wrong, supports the church, and believes the bible should again be the rulebook in this country. Neither choice is perfect right. But does one sound a little bit better than the other?
The bible says over and over again that the world is satan’s play ground. God for the most part gives us freewill and doesn’t meddle. So if we as a Christian group sit on our hands and say nothing the world freely without objection gets its way. That’s how come Christians are not allowed to pray in schools anymore. (By the way… Muslims in many schools are allowed time from class to meet and pray, in the same schools Christian children are given detention or days of expulsion for the same thing.) That is why the pledge of allegiance is no longer taught to our children. (It mentions God.) It’s why the killing of millions of unborn babies is allowed instead of teaching abstinence or safe sex. It’s why the Ten Commandments are being removed from our public buildings. It’s why at Christmas you don’t see mangers anymore. Christian home schoolers are being targeted right now. So begs the question… Do I speak up or give our rights away… What did Jesus do?
For the most part Jesus never got angry, disgusted I’m sure, but not angry. With the exception of one time, when the people were defiling the house of God… He got upset spoke out and put a stop to it. Yes I know it was most likely a temporary stop. If the Christians of the time followed in His footsteps it may have been a more permanent stop, who knows… The point is don’t just sit on your hands and wait. Pray about a discussion, become informed, make the best choice you can, but at least make a choice.
What about the disciples? Most of them where put to death for speaking out and teaching Christianity. Follow them or keep your mouth shut? Did they wait for God to do a miracle or for some divine intervention? No, they spoke up… If you wish to listen to people who say, “God can intervene here.” Good! But if you wish to listen to satan who says, “Wait on God, do nothing, He’ll handle it in His own time.” Your only fool, fooling yourself. Satan is correct, God will handle it in His own time. That time though won’t be until the end when God puts satan in his place. In the mean time I have freewill to choose how I will live and God will hold me accountable for it. I vote to choose the lesser of the two evils and pray for God to guide and lead their hand.
Just thought of this example; Your going into surgery… It’s pretty serious… You have the choice between a brand new surgeon (You will be his first.) or one with years of experience. You pray that God will guide the hands of the surgeon but still… Do you want the choice of an experienced doctor or just trust fate and go with whatever… You say trust God He will take care of you and yet, are we not supposed to be prayerful and wise in our discussions? Ok here is an extreme example; Would you allow your children to play in the middle of the highway with their toy cars trusting that God in his divine wisdom would protect them or would you make a choice here?
Choose wisely this day who you will serve. (Serve means you are going to do something.)
Choose wisely how you serve. Take your examples from the word or God, not some preacher or mere mans opinion. Choose God’s advice. Remember, people who pick and choose verses from the Bible to sway you their way rather than give you examples from the life of Christ or His disciples may be misleading you. Get out the manual and search it for yourself. Satan is a master of the words of the bible, he can string together a web that will amaze and mystify you. But it will also trap and entangle you in ways you want no part of.
Long story short… If the subject regards someone’s safety, quality of life, or could be a life and death situation, I say consider approaching the issue with love and grace. Expect anger and hate to be thrown your way, people don’t like to be told they are wrong. Forgive and move on… In this case I really felt it was a quality of life issue that could reflect on my children and grandchildren in the future. I want them to have the right to freely worship as we do. I’m not willing to just sit on my hands and let satan just take that away from me.
Finally in closing I wish to share with you what Timothy had to say on the subject…
2 Timothy 2:23-26
23- Again, I Say, Don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights.
24- A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, (Last part of 24 and first part of 25 is very important. You must be willing and,) be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people, 25- Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. 26- Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devils trap. For they been held captive by him to do whatever he (satan) wants.
Life would be so much easier if folks would just read the manual.
Just trying to do right, In His service dulcimer jim…