SILENCE IS NOT ALWAYS GOLDEN…


Ezekiel 33:7-9 – “Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a message from My mouth and give them warning from Me. 8 “When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand. 9 “But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way and he does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your life.” NASB

I do not want to be political in my devotional, but I have to ask is it always right to be silent?  A time back, I became aware of a ‘racy advertisement’ out of Colorado that used beer and sex to promote the Affordable Health Care Act.  It’s been a few years back but still speaks to today.

The picture was of a young woman with a guy standing beside her and the caption was “Let’s Get Physical OMG, he’s hot!  Let’s hope he’s as easy to get as this birth control.  My health insurance covers the pill, which means all I have to worry about is getting him between the covers.”  I got insurance.  Now you can too.  Thanks, Obamacare!”  Am I, as a Christian supposed to ignore that immoral nature of that and not speak out in condemnation of that kind of advertising?  I Cannot!

In fact, I find that on more than one occasion in the Bible God considered ‘silence’ as being complicit in the action.  If you will recall when Moses was commanded to ‘speak to the rock’ and with Aaron standing beside him in anger he smote the rock.  The rock was a type of Christ and God did not take Moses’ disobedience lightly nor did he take Aaron’s silence as his brother committed this act lightly.  They were both Banned from entering the Promised Land.  Therefore, I have to wonder if I would be guilty and complicit if I remained silent while this type of action is taken on behalf of a government program! 

Regardless of whether God would hold me guilty with those who did this my repulsion for this type of encouraged declension morally is more than I can tolerate.  I don’t care what political party you identify with, hopefully, you identify with God first and foremost and are appalled at this.  It is time that we speak out against evil no matter where it originates and with whom it originates.  My purpose is not to be political in a devotional, but we must allow the Holy Spirit to so touch our hearts that we are deeply troubled by the apparent depravity of our country in allowing this and encouraging this. 

There are times when I believe that we as Christians must rise up and Speak and Express our Revulsion to some things.  This kind of public behavior is one of those for me.  I pray to God that as America where the motto on our money is still, “In God We Trust” that we unite in prayer for revival in this land.  If this is an indication of where we are morally then we are in deep trouble as a nation.

God bless you as you go through your day!

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