Speak Up!

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Have you ever considered the number of historical accounts in God’s Word detailing the ways in which God’s people influenced secular governance?  Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, Esther, Samuel, Nathaniel, John the Baptist, Paul, Silas, Peter, the list literally goes on and on.

For those of us in America who really do still live in a country governed of, by, and for the people:  we can – and must – make a difference.  We do make a difference.  YOU make a difference!

Every now and then someone I didn’t even realize was paying attention will say something like, “I really appreciate what you posted online about this, that or the other thing….” and such comments are the shot in the arm I need to keep doing what I feel called by God to do, which is to speak up about Godly principles as they apply to matters of public governance

It would be much easier to say non-controversial things – to not offend anyone. But, we can’t serve God and avoid – at some point – saying or doing something that challenges others.  That’s because the Gospel of Jesus Christ challenges sinful human nature – period.  America’s Founding Father’s understood this theological principle (i.e. the sinful nature) clearly, and because of it they hamstrung federal power between three branches of government.

Everything said here must be understood within the context of certain assumptions:  the fact that followers of Christ must study to show ourselves approved to present the Gospel at every opportunity;  we must speak the truth in love;  we are responsible to know our audience (e.g. Paul addressed Jews differently than Greeks, etc.);  we must heed the Spirit’s lead in knowing when to remain silent, when to speak, when to act or to withhold action … ALL THAT IS A GIVEN.  And I know I’ve made mistakes and have had to apologize at times to individuals and/or groups for having been rash, rude, etc.

But know this – and here I am specifically addressing fellow believers – we are called to be salt and light.  When we feel any temptation to ignore the Spirit’s leading to speak, we must shake off that temptation and instead speak up in obedience.  Our nation is in desperate need of miraculous healing.  Anyone who denies that fact is either unrepentant before their Maker or just clueless as to what is happening in America (maybe both?).  So, how can we – in good conscience – remain silent?

We sometimes feel inadequate, we often fear failure, and we sometimes hope God will send someone else to do the job.  Silence is easier.  It feels safer.  It makes more friends, but God put us here and now for a reason. 

I was reminded today by someone how important it is to speak up, making the most of every opportunity.  Something I posted on Facebook changed that person’s mind, and therefore his action – and his wife’s as well – in a given political matter. 

Elections are a numbers game.  Every vote counts; hence, our efforts COUNT, and in a whole lot more than just elections.  We can influence those around us – friends, family, co-workers, elected (and un-elected) governing officials.

Therefore, for us who live within a culture that seeks to silence truth, don’t give in to the opposition’s efforts to silence you.  When there is a clear prompting to speak up, do so. We might not always do it perfectly (in fact, we won’t), but as we practice speaking the truth in love, God will show us how to do it better. Walking with Christ is a Learn-As-You-Go experience, and God’s Word is full of historical accounts about those who frequently failed, often felt inadequate, and who sometimes wanted to bow out from the calling.  The recorded history of their failures is as significant as their recorded successes.  That’s because it reminds us that we are no different. 

We sometimes feel inadequate, we often fear failure, and we sometimes hope God will send someone else to do the job.  Silence is easier.  It feels safer.  It makes more friends, but God put us here and now for a reason. 

God loves us.  God will guide us when we let Him.  God tells us to be strong and courageous.  God has prevailed, and will prevail, over all evil.  He chooses us to help him accomplish His purpose.  So, do it – Speak Up!

Tim Keller
About Tim Keller
Tim Keller loves God, America and his Family. He has taught history, government, speech and writing at the secondary level since 1997.
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