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The Sin of Silence

Is it a sin to just mind your own business, so to speak, and refrain from being controversial or politically incorrect? Does God warn us in Scripture to speak out against sin? If we don’t speak out, are we guilty of committing the sin we are refusing to condemn? These are important questions for modern Christians who don’t want to appear negative or judgmental in this volatile atmosphere of cancel culture. If we do what the left tells us and just quietly “live and let live,” we may be allowing evil to flourish while heaping guilt upon our own heads! Let’s look at some Scriptures and see what the Bible says about this.

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel,

“Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones. And I will set my face against that man and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane My holy name. And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not: Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people. – Leviticus 20:1-5

In this passage, God is speaking out against the sin of sacrificing children to Molech, an evil false god. Not only were those who sacrificed their children guilty of the sin, but God said that if the people of the land hid their eyes, ignoring the murder and allowed the guilty to go free with no punishment, (the punishment was death!) then God would also judge them as being guilty of the same sin of worshiping idols. Is it possible that this might apply to us when we refuse to condemn those who are destroying their children in the trans movement? Should we turn our eyes and allow them to cut off and mutilate body parts, and give dangerous hormones and hormone blockers that might permanently damage their health without saying a word? Who will condemn these things so contrary to the Bible if not us? This transhuman movement is a cult, and as such, these people are sacrificing their children to the god they worship. As Christians who worship the one true God, we have to speak out and rescue children from this evil, false religion.

And the LORD said to Moses, “Take the staff and assemble the congregation. You and your brother Aaron are to speak to the rock while they watch, and it will pour out its water. You will bring out water from the rock and provide drink for the congregation and their livestock.” So, Moses took the staff from the LORD’s presence, just as he had been commanded. Then Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly in front of the rock, and Moses said to them, “Listen now, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with his staff, so that a great amount of water gushed out, and the congregation and their livestock were able to drink.

But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust Me to show My holiness in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.” Numbers 20:7-12

Most of us know that Moses was not allowed to enter the promised land because of this sin, but sometimes we forget that Aaron was included in this punishment. Aaron could not enter the Promised Land because he didn’t speak out against Moses when he struck the rock. He was also guilty of the sin even though he didn’t physically take part in it. This is just another example from Scripture that God expects us to speak out when we see someone acting against God’s commands. When we stand by in silence, God will pronounce the same judgment upon us as He does on the one who actually commits the sin.

Rescue those being led away to death and restrain those stumbling toward the slaughter. If you say, “Behold, we did not know about this,” does not He who weighs hearts consider it? Does not the One who guards your life know? Will He not repay a man according to his deeds? Proverbs 24:11-12

God commands that we rescue people who are destroying themselves. We are called upon to speak the truth in love and try to turn them back toward truth and a saving knowledge of Jesus. We have become afraid to speak to people for fear of being called a bigot or judgmental. The question is should we be afraid of their labels or afraid of God’s anger? Should we allow our fear of their anger and rejection to prevent us from trying to save their lives?

Jesus said to His disciples, “It is inevitable that stumbling blocks will come, but woe to the one through whom they come! It would be better for him to have a millstone hung around his neck and to be thrown into the sea than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. Luke 17:1-2

Could we be considered guilty of being a stumbling block simply for failing to speak out against evil? Should we be teaching the next generation the unpopular truths of scripture regardless of their reaction in order to keep ourselves from being seen by God as a stumbling block? It’s something to think about. We are a generation who has been cowered into silence by the enemy, but it’s time to break our silence and start speaking the truth of God’s ways into a lost culture. If we don’t, we will be guilty of allowing the youth in our generation to destroy themselves. In the process, we may even be contributing to our own destruction.

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Welcome to Faith Over Fifty. As a young wife and mother it seemed pretty clear that God's will for my life was to love God, love my husband and raise my children to know and love Jesus. Life revolved around balancing my career as a teacher with being a homemaker. Now that I am over fifty, my children are grown, and retirement is looming ever closer, the big question becomes what does God want from me during this phase of life? How can I continue to impact the next generation? What does faith over fifty really look like? I hope you will join me on my quest to seek out God's will for my life as I strive to live for Him and finish the race well.


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