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No More Silence

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,

Philippians 1:27

I’m not really all that into history. That was definitely my mom’s thing. She loved history, especially about America. I think that was more because she was an immigrant that came here with nothing, just like my dad did six months after her. They were able to work hard and make a good life for themselves and their family. However, one of the stories my mom told me about her history always blew me away. Even now, sitting here getting ready to write it down, it’s hard from me to fathom…

It was during World War II, my mom would have been under 10 years old, when the sounds of trucks came down the lane as she and two of her siblings were by a stream. My aunt, my mother’s older sister and their baby brother were with her. My aunt was so frightened that the trucks they could here coming were the Nazis, that she was about to drown my uncle just so they couldn’t take him away.

I can’t even imagine the fear that they must have faced that day and during that time. And yet, even being so young, she was ready to do something drastic to keep her baby brother from being taken and tortured. Then I read about how ‘Christians’ in Europe did little to nothing to help their neighbors. Their Jewish neighbors to be exact. I have such difficulty understanding how, in one church, they sang louder as the box trains filled with Jews on their way to concentration camps filed by, all so they couldn’t hear them crying out for help. I’m not sitting here thinking that any of it would have been easy or that lives wouldn’t have been lost….but I still struggle deeply with this.

While the times we are living in right now are not as bad as they were during WWII, a time is coming when our rights to worship God, the one true God, will come to an end. A time when we will be persecuted. Yes, even us here in the United States and other parts of western civilization will be attacked for our beliefs. We are seeing the beginnings of this now. Over the past two years, pastors being arrested for having church and congregants getting tickets for sitting in their cars, windows closed, to listen to their church service near their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

And all that is nothing compared to what the people in many countries are going through because they will not renounce the name of Jesus. In many African countries, Nigeria being the worst offender, the Middle East and in Asia, believers are being tortured and killed for their faith. And yet they continue to endure, standing strong in their faith, continuing to speak and share the Gospel message.

If we here are unable to stand firm on the Word of God on simple things, how will we ever be able to do it when things get really tough and scary? If not us, then who? If not now, then when?

Someone is waiting on the other side of your obedience.

Jackie Lacroix

Others are looking at us and to us for how we respond to what is going on in the world around us. Are we loving one another or are we being judgmental, forgetting how we too fall short of the glory of God? There are many drastic measures are happening now to take away the innocence of our children, yet so many continue to remain quiet.

For if you keep silent at this time relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

Esther 4:14

We need to be the salt and light in this ever-darkening world. Jesus tells us in Mark 4 that our lamp is not to be put under a basket hidden but, on the table, giving light…giving Hope. God has us here, where and when we live, for a purpose. It is not just to go to church service on Sundays and then live life how we want to the rest of the week, ignoring what God is calling us to do.

We are called to do and to be more than that. We are called to love our neighbor and to stand for righteousness. Too often people want to do one or the other rather than both. There are those who want to love people and ignore the difficult discussions that need to be had, while others call out every little thing, showing they are more self-righteous than anything else.

So how do we do this? With God’s help and guidance.

We need to be in God’s Word DAILY. And we need to be in prayer asking for His guidance and the strength and courage we need. We need to realize that not every fight is ours to deal with…but some are. For me, standing up for the life of the unborn is very important. But I do more than just speak against the killing of the unborn, I volunteer with organizations that help women have other choices. Organizations that assist women in getting the financial help they need, getting out of abusive relationships and that run maternity homes for women that have no other place to go.

Friend, please seek God’s face and ask Him what He wants you to do. Where does He want you to stand firm against what is going on in society? Ask Him to help you see those we disagree with through His eyes and not our own judgmental ones. God is the only one that is perfect, let us ask Him to guide us in our daily lives to bring the Gospel to others.

In Jesus’ precious name.

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