“Then I said, I will not make mention of Him, nor speak any more in His name. But His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.” – Jeremiah 20:9
Jeremiah was the weeping prophet, chosen by GOD to speak out to Israel, a “nation gone wild” during a time when they wanted false teachers to tell them what they wanted to hear. They despised Jeremiah and made him a “byword” (i.e. object of ridicule or joke). Jeremiah wanted to stop speaking out. He obviously didn’t enjoy having to speak out to a people who wanted their sin and false teachers. He would have preferred being popular, rich, and loved by the masses undoubtedly. In the end, however, Jeremiah was still standing tall. Israel was conquered and Jeremiah’s prophecies of their utter destruction and horrific end was fulfilled. They should have listened.
It was GOD’s Word burning within Him. To know GOD’s Word and to have His Spirit within is so important.
Many pastors’ salaries are effectively “hush money”. Who then will expose sin and speak Truth? Even those who speak out boldly will eventually be silenced when they are ostracized or suffer. Christ, His apostles, and prophets were hated, ignored, mocked and plagued with rumors too for speaking the unpopular Truths of their day.
There must always be that lone voice crying out. History shows once that voice is silenced, destruction often comes next to a nation. Truth must be spoken by “cross-bearers”, in season and out of season. The faithfulness of speaking out keeps the world and the false brethren accountable.
Again we ask “Why speak out?”. Speak out for your children and your children’s children and for that tiny remnant who cares and might be changed. Speak out for it is your duty as a faithful disciple of Christ who is required to take up their cross of suffering and follow in the footsteps of He who endured far greater affliction for speaking out.
“Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.” – Proverbs 9:9