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Wednesday
Jun132018

Silence is not a Strategy

Dietrich Bonhoeffersaid: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.

If we have eyes to see and ears to hear, silence is not the end result of ministry. It is my personal belief that the last days will try to silence or twist the truth into something that does not represent the God of the Bible. This is what the bill AB 2943 in California is trying to do. It will legislate against Christians’ freedom of speech to tell the Biblical truth about gay marriage and homosexuality. The bill is based on a psychological mindset, which insists that gay people are not sick, they do not have a disease, and that homosexuality is a normal human function. The bill will make it illegal to promote, teach, or counsel any gay person to reject their gay lifestyle. In many countries this is the same intent of laws that prohibit Christians from evangelizing. 

As Americans we have always had freedom of speech as our core freedom. Now because of an agenda where a protected group wants to place a muzzle on the kind of speech that can be spoken, we have entered the stage of censorship.

This is more than just the idea of having the freedom to speak - it is about the silencing of God and the imprisonment of truth. This is the kind of legislation that will make or break the Church. Pastors will either avoid the homosexual issue altogether, or they will be civilly disobedient to the dictates of the law.

Most of the Church has been conditioned to avoid issues that divide people, but that is not the counter cultural nature of the gospel. The scriptures teach us that we are not to accept, tolerate, or avoid evil; we are told to resist it and push back on it. The Church is the only institution that majors on moral issues, and if we go silent in our defense of what is right, we will lose the moral war in our society.  Some would say we have already lost that war, now it is simply a survival mode for most believers. 

I think we can take a lesson out the playbook from Bonhoeffer and resist the temptation to be silent and not create any waves. This however is falling into the category of being a worthless and tasteless organization. 

Matthew 5:13 “"You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.”

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

 

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