Monday, February 21, 2011

Speak Up! Was Jesus Really Silent About These Issues?

I used to have a professor who'd say "Silence implies agreement." Speaking in temporal (human) terms, he's right.  The world views silence as agreement.  When we don't speak up, the world is free to move in the direction it wants to go.  But why don't we speak up?  We don't speak up because we've been taught since pre-school not to offend anyone with our own ideas or beliefs.  Instead, we remain silent hoping someone else will speak out against the resulting issues.  However, when we don't speak up, the world views silence as agreement and moves further and further away from it's Creator's design.  This issue is certainly one that needs to be fixed, but it's not the purpose of this post.
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[Speak Up! Blog Series Part 1 of 4]

In our world, because silence implies agreement, I fear we view Jesus through the same lens.  If Jesus is silent on an issue, He must agree with it.  Here are three specific issues that our world (and some Christians) would argue Jesus was silent or not clear about:  Homosexuality, living together, and tithing.

It might surprise some of us but Jesus was not silent on any of these issues. Over the next few days we'll be discussing these issues in depth.  In fact, we're going to have a special guest blogger about one of the toughest issues for Christians.  Through this series we'll see, many times, the real problem is we pick and choose what to believe and opt for silence (or gray area) when it's convenient for us.

Speak up! Because in our world, silence implies agreement. Not so with God.*

*21 While you did all this, I remained silent,
and you thought I didn’t care. But now I will rebuke you,
listing all my charges against you. -Psalm 50:21 NLT 

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