“Most of the evils of this world have come into being, not by the direct intention of any one in particular, but in some case through the co-operation of all of us giving them a push by some word or by some silence, for which we are responsible; and though at the time it may have seemed a small thing, the word we spoke, or the word we failed to speak, yet in so far as our act could have restrained or diverted or qualified the order of events, we are as responsible for it as though we had with our own hand done the deed.”
Think about it….silence can mean the difference between life and death, it can mean the difference between faith and unbelief.
All too often we are silent when we should speak. But why? Perhaps the majority of us remain silent because we simply don’t care of because truth and justice are not important to us. Also, many of us remain silent because we choose to be uninformed or ignorant of the issues at stake. In some cases, we are silent because we think we are powerless to change things–either because we feel we lack the knowledge to make a stance, the skills to defend our position, or the ability or resources to effect the change. Still, some of us remain silent because we are afraid we will be persecuted in some way–we are afraid we will be persecuted in some way–we are afraid of being mocked, ostracized, attacked, deprived of our jobs, or even killed.
How often has the life of the innocent been sacrifice through the silence of those of us who should have been guardians of justice, but have failed.
How often have people we know spiraled down into sin and we just simply stood there and watched…afraid of making enemies of them.
How often have we prized the unity of the group of the singularity of principle.
How often have we kept silent when we should have spoken up?
How often have we deliberately twisted the views and positions of others whose views differ from ours.
How often have we remained silent in order to not risk our standing and acceptance within our community.
How often have we allowed ourselves to drift along with the tide of wrong and evil because it was very uncomfortable to move against the flow.
How often have we preferred the comfort of tradition, feeling, and culture over biblical truth.
How often have we, for fear of being held accountable, chosen the path of willful ignorance or a lack of interest.
Our apathy is often louder than our convictions.
Abraham Lincoln once said, “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.”
And as my friend said, “People are dying for lack of the truth, for a forgetting of the law of God and a lukewarmness that God doesn’t care what we believe! People are dying for believing that God loves too much to be just!”
How can we remain silent?
(Speakers Bible, Luke, p. 156; Not for Sale; Integrity in a Culture of Silence, Samuel Koranteng-Pipim, Ph.D)