May 13, 2012
Where Are Our Voices?
One of the hardest things to do is to get people to “take a stand” and to be heard. Most people like to select representatives whose voices will be heard so their own will not. This is true regarding secular things as well as religion. Many people have been brainwashed into thinking that if you openly differ with someone, that you dislike them, and that you are stirring up strife. It is true that scripture teaches that the “Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome.” (2 Tim. 2:22-26) Quarrelsome indicates that a person is looking for an unjustified fight, and that one is argumentative. Do we not realize that argumentative is not the same as boldly arguing in defense of truth. Jesus, Paul, and Apollos boldly argued in defense of truth, but neither of them was “quarrelsome”. (Mat. 22:23-33; Acts 17:1-12; Acts 18:27-28) Their voices were heard in religious circles. They did not remain silent for personal advantage, fear, or social and political concerns! It is right to ask:
“Where Are Our Voices?”
We live in a day in which there are ongoing assaults against God’s will. There are political, legal, social, and religious organizations that are so tolerant and soft, that they literally say nothing against the errors that lead people astray. Their voices are only heard when they complain against those who speak out against wrongdoing!
Jesus condemned the blatant hypocrisy of the political and religious leaders of his day, He did it without apology. He spoke against Herod (Lk.13:3I-32) and Pilate (Jno. 19:10-11). The apostles followed the example of Jesus! (Acts 4:18-20; 24:24-26)
I hear some folks say, “But that was in a day when social, political, and religious chaos was rampant. That’s why the Lord and the apostles were so direct and strong in their denunciation of the evils of their day.” Really? So, when we do not want to do things the way they did, all we have to do is rationalize. Right?
Well, this same reasoning would effectively do away with most of the teaching of the New Testament because it was written during times and in a culture that differs from our own! The fact is, the principles and techniques that were effective in the apostolic age are just as effective now. The problem is to get people to stop making excuses and get to work!
Where are our voices when a nation enacts legislation that
sanctions the murder of multiplied millions of innocent unborn
human beings? Do we find ourselves saying, “Oh well, what’s the
difference in murdering babies and misappropriating tax payers
money? Some politicians endorse abortion and others are
dishonest. They are all in the same bag.” Could such reasoning
have a more sinister motive behind it? Is it really an admission that it’s okay to vote for a person who promotes the murder of the innocent unborn? It is true that “sin is sin”, but it is also true that certain sins have more far reaching consequences than others! (Jno. 19:11)
If a politician misappropriates tax payers money, the money can be repaid. The life of the aborted baby cannot be restored by the politicians, doctors, or anyone else on the earth.
Where are our voices? To be blunt, the usual methods that we use and the excuses we give were never used by the apostles. They were fearless and they taught Christians in their day to be bold. (l Tim. 6:12; Jude 3) Can we do any less and be right with God? (1 Cor. 11: 1; Phil. 4:9) Are we afraid to confess that we stand with Jesus? (Mat. 10:32-33) More to follow.