Shhhh… Don’t Stand Up for the Truth

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Many people today want those who oppose them to be silent. In America we hear a lot about free speech, but it is slipping away.

Submitted: May 03, 2016

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Many people today want those who oppose them to be silent. In America we hear a lot about free speech, but it is slipping away. It is growing worse with the issue of same sex marriage. As in the case of Aaron and Melissa Klein. “Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian finalized a preliminary ruling today ordering Aaron and Melissa Klein, the bakers who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to the couple they denied service. In the ruling, Avakian placed an effective gag order on the Kleins, ordering them to “cease and desist” from speaking publicly about not wanting to bake cakes for same-sex weddings based on their Christian beliefs.”[i] The state has forced them to cease and desist from publicly speaking on the issue, and we say we have free speech in this country.

Unfortunately it doesn’t stop there, liberals and lukewarm Christians want us to be silent, and they don’t want to confront the sins of our society. Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” And that is exactly what they want, sit idly by and do nothing. Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell said this about fighting the ruling on same sex marriage by the Supreme Court "So I want to see what we can do to make progress for the country. Even though there are plenty of things we don't agree on. Let's try to focus on the things that we do agree on," Once again, the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

We as Christians are to preach the truth in all areas, venues and places we spend our time at, in the real and virtual world. The Christian does not live in two worlds, the sacred and the social world. Many will tell us not to post your beliefs or oppositions on social media, but don’t think the enemies of Christ will be silent. Some will promote their businesses but be silent on their faith. Many want to use social media to promote their business ventures and want others to be silent on the issues of our society so that they can stay neutral. But for the real Christian neutrality is not an option, we cannot be silent, passive, or hide our head in the sand. Jesus did not sit in heaven safely but went into the enemy’s territory to fight the good fight. In the early church they didn’t go along with society but the exact opposite that is why they were persecuted.  Jesus said, in Matthew 10:33, “but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” We cannot just preach part of the gospel, if we only preach freedom without preaching against what enslaves us, because of fear of men, then we are denying Christ. 

God didn’t save us to be successful in our career, or have a nice house or new car. We have to remember what we were saved from and what we are saved for, and that is to be salt and light to a world in darkness. Esther in the Old Testament was placed as Queen and when she had that position she was tempted not to help her own people the Jews but her uncle Mordecai warned her in Esther 4:12-14 “And they told Mordecai what Esther had said.  Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews.  For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

We cannot be silent, we cannot be shamed into keeping our beliefs to ourselves or told by those in the church that we should just love in action only. If we do then we have no one to blame for perverse society except ourselves.




[i] http://dailysignal.com/2015/07/02/state-silences-bakers-who-refused-to-make-cake-for-lesbian-couple-fines-them-135k/


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