We must speak Truth, do Justice, and love GOD and others in order to be all that we can be for Christ. Indeed, part of “being” for Christ is “speaking” for Christ as His ambassador. Therefore, if you are not influencing others for Christ, are you not worthless? A good-for-nothing? Does that seem harsh? Or is that not the very words that Jesus Himself used when speaking of those who don’t perform their given function?
What does Scripture say?
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:10-16
In summary, this passage shows us that we can’t “go dark” when GOD needs us to speak out. Just as covert intelligence operatives “go dark” at times out of fear of being connected back to their handler, many Christians today are “going dark” to avoid being connected back to Jesus Christ or to avoid persecution, and they’re doing so right when the world around us needs us most. We can’t remain silent, even if that means persecution, because if we fail to speak out in our culture for Christ due to fear of being mistreated, we have lost our purpose and are worthless.
Luke 9:26 states “For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and [in his] Father’s, and of the holy angels.”
Can there be any greater misery on earth than to stand silent and mediocre like most people on this planet, displaying a clone-like reaction to our environment? Is there anything more worthless than reflecting the spineless around us like a human mirror? Also, is not this misery exponentially greater when you act the part of a quiet, useless, empty clam shell instead of “speaking out” when “speaking out” is the right thing to do? Can you think of any greater joy on earth than to be walking to the scaffold to be guillotined for Jesus Christ, knowing you did the right thing?
Do not be surprised if you are hated when you speak the Truth. Jesus was. Paul was. Jeremiah was. Noah was. Moses was. But don’t let that deter you from speaking the Truth.
“Jesus said to them, ‘Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor.'” – Mark 6:4
Why should we ever be guilty of silently living? An enormous amount of work needs to be done for Christ. Every Christian is needed. Evil philosophies like rationalism, pragmatism, “the end justifies the means”, “Do what thou will”, and “I did it my way” must be fought in the “information arena” both within the Body of Christ and in the world around us. False teaching regarding the Gospel, the Creation and much of the Bible is everywhere. We must speak out and teach others the Truth in “real-time”, because many national pastors, television and radio programs, and authors are teaching lies. Many laws are being changed as agents of darkness continue laboring to make sin easier for mankind while working to destroy our liberty to share Christ. We must be a voice for Christ upon earth to protect the innocent, to extend fellow citizen’s liberty, speak out for the unborn babies, and to do our part to end the injustices around us until Jesus Christ comes to balance the scales of Justice permanently.
We are one, but the world has been changed tremendously by just one person many times before in history. Jesus Christ is our chief example. He spoke out. He died for it. He changed our lives eternally. We also, as “Christ-ians” can be the difference to our world.