Silent No More
July 14, 2020
I know that many of you are up close and involved in the fight for righteousness, not just as Americans but as believers and lovers of Christ. I would like to thank every one of you for being a part of the battle. I would also like to encourage you to keep up the courageous good work, and to continue praying for direction and leading to be used mightily by the Lord.
Today I was led to Psalm 15:1-5. It is a very short chapter posed as a question, followed quickly by an answer. It was intended to teach and encourage us, and blessedly ends with a promise. This portion of Scripture was written by the Psalmist in response to the sad corruption and degeneration of mankind. Sound familiar?
Lord who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless, and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and causes no slur on his fellow man, who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the Lord, who keeps his oath even when it hurts, who lends money without usury, who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.
This appears to be a tall order, but when we dig deeper we begin to fully grasp what the Lord is trying to impart to us. He is encouraging and instructing us and He ends with a blessing: He who does these things will never be shaken! Now that’s speaking my language! Who doesn’t need firm ground and an unshakeable faith to stand on these days?
David asks God, “Who may live in your sanctuary, on your holy hill?” The answer appears to be based on works. This is where we may stumble and feel as if we fall short of God’s mark. I definitely know not all my ways are “blameless” and I certainly am not always doing things “righteously.” Thank God that it is Jesus whose righteousness lives within us, which in turn gives us a desire to do what’s right in God’s sight. Note verse two about “he who speaks the truth from his heart.” This is what got my attention. This sounds easy, doesn’t it? We all enjoy talking and sharing with others. That’s truly all we need to do.
This got me thinking. I have been hearing so much talk lately about the “silent majority.” I believe some may interpret being silent as being respectful of others’ opinions, or possibly not wanting to cause strife and division, because we are Christians and we are to radiate a peaceful and loving nature. Some of us can speak truth to anyone on the street, but what if it’s a family member? Sometimes this can be much more difficult. Yet this verse calls us to speak truth from our heart to both strangers and to our family. The pastor of my church was quoted as saying, “Stop being silent in the face of evil! If we are going to be silent, what good are we?” Wow, such truth in that simple question.
There were only twelve apostles and they radically changed their culture and paved the way for the rest of us. They definitely were not silent! We may feel small, yet God is great and He multiplies our efforts for His glory. 2 Corinthians 9:10 says, “Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness.”
I recently heard an officer in the military explaining what he had observed in his career. He had been to many different nations in the world and had witnessed many societies being dismantled and taken over. In his opinion, it only took 2% of a country’s people to accomplish such a tragedy, even when the other 98% did not welcome the radical new ideology. The difference was that the 2% were much more passionate and dedicated to their cause, which would lead us to believe that the others remained silent.
This is truly alarming, especially in light of the slogan that labels many Americans “the silent majority.” Like no other time before, we as believers need not be intimidated for the sake of righteousness. It has been said that being rebellious towards tyrants is obedience to God. Our message may go against the grain, but our voices need to be heard. I have recently come across many who casually say things like, “Well, it’s all in God’s hands, there’s not much we can do about it!” I agree that things are definitely in His hands, yet are we not His hands and feet? Where does God want to take you? Where does He need your words of light and truth to be heard? Simply ask him! He waits eagerly and lovingly for those requests and He can’t wait to show you!
For I am the Lord your God, who turns up the sea so that its waves roar–the Almighty is His name. I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand, I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth.
Cry aloud, do not hold back. Lift up your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their transgressions, to the house of Jacob their sins.
1 Peter 4:11
Whoever speaks should do so as one who speaks the oracles of God. Whoever serves should do so as one who serves by the strength that God supplies, in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
When David asked who shall dwell on the holy mountain, rather than it causing us to feel unworthy, it should bring us joy! In other words, he is asking who is worthy to be received as Jehovah’s guest? Who is worthy to enjoy His protection and hospitality? Who has title to His favor, to dwell in His presence? The answer is simple–it’s us, His children! And if that isn’t enough, He also promises us a blessing. Wow, what a magnificent loving God we serve!
Many of us are worried about the direction this world is heading. We are concerned for the future of our children and grandchildren, but a positive change can only come from the Lord: having more hearts turn to Christ, having more families teach their children biblical truth, having more believers share God’s word. The darkness can only be overtaken by the light. For those of you who have not been afraid to speak out and let your voices be heard, I pray that the rest of America’s believers will catch up, that the “silent majority” will rise up and be silent no more!
This verse is as applicable today as it was then:
I will speak out to encourage Jerusalem; I will not be silent until she is saved, and her victory shines like a torch in the night!
Oh Lord, may America’s light shine bright once more!
Delighting in safe pasture,