(Post by: Lilly Hobbs)
I think that the American Church, and all Christians, should be scared of something: Silence.
As Christians, we are way too quiet about what we know to be right and wrong according to the Word of God. From things like gay marriage and abortion to bad movies, TV shows, and unacceptable music, we are told to be silent and keep our opinions and the truth to ourselves.
Well, I refuse to be silenced about what Jesus tells us is right and wrong. I will NOT be quiet about what I believe and what Jesus did for me on the cross.
A lot of Christians have been very silent about Jesus and what He has done for them and I think it’s time they realized that’s not ok.
If you remain silent and scared of what people think and say about your faith or what you believe, then you need to ask yourself if He really means EVERYTHING to you. You need to ask yourself if He is #1 in your life.
I believe if Jesus is #1 in your life then you will talk about Him, and your going to show up for what He made you to do. It’s impossible to be silent if He is everything to you.
1 Peter 3:15 says, “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”
Jesus calls us to rebuke evil, not back down from it. He calls us to discipline other believers in kindness, even though they may not want to hear it. Christ tells us to preach the gospel to the lost and hurting people around us, no matter who says we can’t.
However, many Christians would much rather stay in their comfort zone and in their churches where it’s safe and cozy when it comes to this.
Here is the grave danger of silent Christians…
When you are silent about Jesus and what He did on the cross, people will end up burning in Hell because of your silence. You are here with one mission, and that is to tell all people what Christ did on the cross of Calvary.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said this, “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.”
I suppose that a lot of people believe that they are living a good Christian life. A lot of believers think they can get by with going to church on Sunday, posting the Word of the Day from the Bible app on their Facebook page, and sending a card to someone who is sick to be nice.
Y’all, there is SO much more to Jesus than that! There is so much more to living how He wants us to live than that!!
John 14:12 says, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”
Do you get the amount of gravity in this verse? If we believe in Jesus, then we will do the things that He did while He was here on Earth: healing the sick, preaching the good news, discipling other Christians, helping the poor and lowly, and much more!
It’s more than just going to Church! It’s more than having the nicest car! It’s more than living a nice life!
It’s MORE than posting encouraging things on Facebook and Instagram and Twitter!
We cannot remain in silence if we are living for the salvation of 7.7 BILLION souls on planet Earth!
Guys! People are going to Hell! They will be in Hell for eternity! Somehow, we have gotten comfortable with the thought of living in our daily routine and have lost sight of why we are even here and why our voices matter!
The Church needs to wake up and realize that 7.7 billion people will be spending eternity in 1 of 2 places if they died tonight. We need to realize that Jesus has given us work to do and it’s about time we show up and clock in on eternity’s timeclock!
Cause at some point, it’s gonna stop ticking.
Frank R. Wolf once said, “My hope and prayer is that the body of Christ in America will awake with holy boldness, a boldness content neither with silence nor mere words but that backs up those words with action and results.”
My challenge to you is to not be comfortable with staying silent on matters that you know are not Biblical. Awake with a holy boldness and stand up for the truth!
“Church, we are plan A. There is no plan B.” -David Platt
SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?
~Can you remember a time where you were silent about your faith or the truth? Do you wish you would have spoken up?
~Are you scared to speak about what Jesus has done for you on the Cross? If so, why?
~How are you going to do better about not being quiet or silent about the things you should speak up for?
There have been a few times where I have been silent when I had an opportunity. I’m not necessarily scared to talk about Jesus and what he did for me but it does make me a little nervous. I’m definitely a shy person and I am just nervous for their reaction. But every time I have talked to someone I have no idea why I got nervous because the worst reaction I have ever gotten was a no thank you! One way I am going to try not to be silent is looking for all the opportunities around me where I can talk about Jesus and take them.
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I can remember many times I have been silent because u am afraid of what people will think of me. On many occasions I wish I would have spoken up because in the end who cares what people think about me. I should care what God thinks of me & how I can make him proud. It really depends on the people I am with if i feel comfortable talking about my faith.
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There’s a couple times when I have been silent about the truth/my faith. I wish I would’ve spoke up because things could’ve been completely different. I’m not scared about sharing my faith just sometimes I’m hesitant to do so. I guess maybe I’m just worried I won’t be prepared for the questions that come back at me. I’m just nervous I won’t be able to answer what I’m asked. Then they will think I’m not a Jesus person or something. I’m going to try not to be hesitant for now on. Hopefully I can just breathe and be confident. Not everyone knows everything. Pastors don’t even know everything. I just have to be confident in my knowledge and trust that God will provide the right words when I need them.
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There’s a couple times when I have been silent about the truth/my faith. I wish I would’ve spoke up because things could’ve been completely different. I’m not scared about sharing my faith just sometimes I’m hesitant to do so. I guess maybe I’m just worried I won’t be prepared for the questions that come back at me. I’m just nervous I won’t be able to answer what I’m asked. Then they will think I’m not a Jesus person or something. I’m going to try not to be hesitant for now on.