Deadening Silence
    An online meme said, "God is not going to rewrite the Bible for your generation. His word remains the same forever and always."  That truth, however, does not mean people will live according to God's eternal Word. Morality, spirituality, and/or biblical principles on which this country was founded are increasingly under attack. You may even be considered a "hater" for being a Bible believer. Speaking up could even become criminal. Our culture has run amuck.
   Question. If your savings are invested with someone that I know is fraudulent, how would you feel if I kept silent? If I warned you, would I be a friend or enemy? Would my warnings be hate speech? Would you try to justify your investments with a fraudster, or would you thoroughly investigate and take appropriate action? While investigating, would you just search for someone who would agree with what you want to believe so you can "Be Calm"? In the end would you say, "Why didn't you tell me?" Would I reply, "It was none of my business?"
   Consider a man who had brain surgeries done by two less-than competent doctors at a less-than-good-enough hospital? The patient, permanently disabled, later learned from one of the best neurosurgeons, that his condition was due to their incompetence: "This would not have happened if you had been here." Yet before that first surgery his friend kept silent because "It was none of my business," though he had wanted desperately to advise him to go to a major neuro center. Is silence "deadening?
   I think I know the answers to all of those questions simply because they are asked in the context of worldly matters. We are very concerned and protective of finances and health. We seek advice, search for true information, refuse to accept what we cannot trust just to be palliated, and we appreciate honesty. We also know the risks associated with giving advice where it has not been requested.
Consider this. "What shall it profit if you gain the whole world and lose your soul?"  Is it possible we have something more valuable than "this world" considerations? In living life in the ways of this world, is it possible we signed away the deed to what is most important? Are "the pleasures of sin for a season" worth sacrificing  eternal life?  Note Romans 1:26-32 where Paul mentions one by one wicked actions of sinful people, with v. 32 concluding: "Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them." Was Paul guilty of "hate speech" in speaking up about others' ungodly, soul-destroying lifestyles with eternal consequences?




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