The Death of Silence

by / Monday, 25 February 2013 / Published in Becoming Bold, Blog
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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!

Sorry. Sometimes I just want to scream. Why you ask? Because for far too long, we as Christians are QUIET. QUIET!! As we grow quieter, there is a group that’s growing louder. That loud group is taking what rightly belongs to us. We can no longer pretend that sin is non-existent. Seeing sin in the world and just burying your head in the sand DOES NOT make the sin go away.

That’s like when you play peekaboo with a child. The child puts their hands on their eyes, and he literally thinks that you’re not there anymore. As humorous as that is, we as Christians are doing the same thing. We think if we just close our eyes it will just go away. We think that if we just close our lips and look away that sin will just disappear.

This is WAR. Christians, don’t you get it? Where is your battle cry? Don’t you see how we’re losing the war? We need Christians who will shout! We need Christians who will say what they believe and why they believe what they believe!

Because of our silence, prayer is out of school. An atheist decided that they were going to be more vocal while we as Christians let it happen.

Did you know there are only 2% of Americans who are atheists? Ok since that’s “hard to project” let’s push it to 10%. So why are we allowing the 10% to bully us? Because they are more vocal than we are! And I am not trying to preach at you. I am trying to encourage you to be vocal! Let’s learn from the liberal and atheistic crowd today. They are vocal; why can’t we be?

But why? Why are we silent?

Being vocal comes with a price. Modern Christianity today loves comfort. We love comforts so much that we will sacrifice principles. We place such a high value on comfort that we are actually willing to allow our freedoms to be taken away.

Hey, Shelton you know it isn’t that bad. We can give the liberals that.”

Say what? We’ve given away too much already. The sanctity of marriage is being threatened. No, let me rephrase that. The sanctity of marriage is literally going out the window. Marriage is not just two people who love each other. Marriage is between one man and one woman. Do NOT say, “Well Shelton, it’s not a big deal”. It is an EXTREMELY big deal. We’re messing up God’s picture. The picture of Holy Communion between a man and a woman pictures the communion the church has with Christ. Gay marriage now makes our God unholy and makes Him NOT the God of the Bible. And I will NOT be quiet about it!

Not only that, but what ever happened to witnessing? I read how 12 men turned the world upside down for God! And today we have thousands and dare I say millions that know God, but America is right side up. Or should I say wrong side up? We can’t turn America upside down if we’re quiet. You can’t just will America to change. You can’t just say you have faith. Faith is DEAD, if I don’t go out and move my legs! Do you believe God can change America? Then give God to America!

What’s the price? Christians what could happen to us?

People may call you names.

You just might get “unfollowed” on twitter.

Or maybe that liberal may defriend you on Facebook.

Uh oh. Now you’re facing “persecution”.

If we really think about it, we aren’t giving away too much. Taking a stand in America is not really too much. The world has Christians that are bold for Christ at the expense of their lives; America has Christians who refuse to be bold because they just may be called a bad name.

Imagine facing God and God asks why you didn’t do enough for Him on earth.

Because the world might have called me names.” You really think that’s a good enough excuse?  People may read this article and label me a bigot, intolerant, or too fundamental. But I must say like David, “Is there not a cause?”

Can we as Christians kill the silence that’s acceptable in our day and age? Let us stop worshipping the god of silence. This god may give you the gift of comfort, but he’s taking your freedoms. He’s slowly taking your rights while you’re comfortably accepting it. He’s not only taking your freedoms, but he’s taking the fight out of you.

Want to know the symptoms of a Christian life lived in silence? You have family members that you know are not saved. However you never bring up Jesus in your conversations. You’d rather be comfortable then give your family member the truth. You’re worshipping the god of silence. This worship distorts our image of love and truth. How about that Christian friend of yours that is living in sin? Each time you hang out with him you keep your lips closed. Oh you laugh with him. You give him a good word. But you never tell him the truth. You basically pat him on the back because you don’t want to offend Him.

So now what? What will you do? Worship the god of silence even though you know the sad results? Or will you decided to speak up? Speak up because your freedoms are being taken away! Speak up because of that family member that needs Christ. Speak up because of that friend that needs restoration in Christ. Speak up! Speak up! Speak up! And let’s destroy silence! For the sake of America open your mouth and speak.

Join the revolution. Become an aspiring world-changer.

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Shelton Williams

Shelton Williams

Shelton Williams is a current college student studying Youth Ministry. His hope and greatest desire is that his blog posts encourage, convict, and motivate this generation to serve an awesome God. Everyday striving to say like Paul, "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." He's also Miami Heat fan (Yeah, we're working on him about that).
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32 comments
bug6692
bug6692

I thought this was a GREAT article, so I was surprised to see that there were people on here that DIDN'T agree with it! If you can't agree with this article, then you probably won't agree with many of Bold and Unashamed's articles, since this is what they're all about! Keep up the good work!

libsarescum
libsarescum

Christians forget that Christianity spread throughout the world with the help of the spear, first with the Romans, then with Spain.  Thanks to the "cojones" of these early Christians that expelled the muslim devils from Europe, the new "pussyfied" Christians have the luxury of living in the confort and safety created by them. Not for long though, the muslim devils and communists (democRATS) are slowly banning and destroying Christianity everywhere.

urieleiren
urieleiren

It has been my experience, that 21st Century Christians are a bunch of wuss's that are afraid to be militant and speak out against everything that is evil and against Jesus Christ.  We love comfort too much.   PLEASE STOP, and BE BOLD AND UNASHAMED THAT YOU ARE A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST.  Enough Already! Fight against the Fallen Ones who desire to take us with them to Hell.  There is a Great Deception coming.  Are you ready?  Are you in tune with the Truth that is Jesus Christ, so that you are not deceived?  Remember what Ephesians 6:12 says what we as followers of Jesus Christ wrestle against.  Be Strong and Be ready!

Michael T. Brown

horacekent
horacekent

The war is spiritual, don't you know?

The Finale is Gods war against men.


Starkman
Starkman

If Jesus were here, sitting with us, listening to you, Shelton, do you suppose that He'd say, "Yeah, that's right. It's time for war. That's why I came. That's the call I give to all of you"? I see nowhere in the NT that this is our call; that we are to fight in any manner you are suggesting. Not in the gospels, Paul's letters, Peter, James or John's letters. Not in Jude or Hebrews. And in Revelation, against the worse tryanny of all kinds, there are no saints fighting. It's simply not there. Oh, but didn't Jesus say to buy a sword? Yeah, but when did He ever allow anyone to use it for purposes of the gospel and for the purposes hyou espouse? (We never seem to give thought that maybe the sword was needed for other reasons than typically thought.) Nowhere, never in the NT is the church called to do anything other than walk humbly before God and tell others about the good news. It's not my responsibility as a Christian to fight in any manner you prescribe.


Now, if you want people (be they Christian or not) to fight the political good fight as citizens of this country, that's fine. You want American citizens to speak up, great. I'm all for that. I've done that. You want people of this country, regardless of their faith, to fight for what American was origianlly founded upon, great. I'm all for that.  But never put a burdon on the church that is not one God has given it.


Keith R. Starkey

terrisierra7
terrisierra7

What motivates people regardless of their beliefs ,when death comes face to face to them -in their neighborhoods and down their streets and crawls through their cities -when people can no longer ignore what happens in front of their very eyes -when its no longer an image on TV or just a movie ,when they see them and their family`s very survival is at stake ,then courage will rise ! David knew God from a young child on and when his true testing came from King Saul David had the courage to endure for he knew God would not forsake him. But the Christian church today has been sucked into a deep sleep and are afraid to take real action and stand against the enemy it is not all about prayer only and living the good life in safety -did not Jesus know his fate and what he would have to do ,to be slain for us yet how many will do the same for him this the time for that and in days to come !

thespiritofelijah
thespiritofelijah

Fear not, for God is raising up warriors who shall soon take center stage to bring about the greatest revival this world has ever seen. They shall go forth with great exploits and the world shall fear because of them. Their message is repentance, both to the lost and to the backslidden. God is about to move in the earth. Prepare ye the way of the Lord, for the Son of Man is coming in our generation..

Jbeorn
Jbeorn

My words exactly. Most have become like whitewashed tombs, silent as the world marches on ...

libsarescum
libsarescum

Behold, I give you the power of treading upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall in anywise injure you.

Luke 10:19

skpthetruth
skpthetruth

Fight with the sword, the word of God Almighty.   I praise the Lord and stand along with  anyone who wants to stand for truth!  God Bless You all brothers and sisters! Let your voices be heard! 

libsarescum
libsarescum

No more "turn the other cheek" time to fight fire with fire.  

JeremeSager
JeremeSager

social christianity is what we have here. people are too busy watching tv , and running to and fro to pay attention the the very calamity we bring on ourselves . wake up brothers and sisiters and shout before you cant .


Helen
Helen

Thankyou for the encouragement. I came onto Twitter as a Christian but wanting to vent my feelings, not to speak for Christ. He turned that around the very first week by using people I had never met and my walk has been transformed since. Glory to His name!

Shelton Williams
Shelton Williams

I am so glad that my post was able to help and encourage you. Keep following Christ! And let us all be bold and unashamed of Christ!!

Micah
Micah

Horrible typos on my last post. I need to learn to proofread. =]

Micah
Micah

Very inspirational man! I'm so glad there are still men like you that fight to protect the sanctity of marriage. The christian faith has been attacked from the inside and out on these issues. You have people that stand outside of buildings with signs that read "God Hates Fags" and they give the entire christian faith a bad name. I don't support gay marriage. I'm 18 years old, and I never have supported it, nor will I ever support it. Why? Because society can evolve, but God stays the same. It doesn't better how much the views of America change, God clearly defined marriage between one man and one woman, and Christians have no right to ignore it. We leave in an age where less and less people go to church, more and more people spend hours watching 'Jersey Shore, and many people attribute the bible to old beliefs. We need to take a stand.

Joshua Agan
Joshua Agan moderator

@libsarescum Correction: Roman Catholicism spread throughout the world with the help of the spear, first with Rome and then with Spain. The word "Christian" literally means "Like Christ," which is a far cry from the Catholic sword-wielding Crusaders who expelled Muslims. Last I read, Jesus condemned Peter's attempt to wield a sword in like manner.

So no, Christianity (as being like Christ) has never spread by the sword or spear, but rather by the very blood of Christians themselves as they were killed for their faith. As it was once well put, the seed of the church is the blood of its martyrs. The more it is oppressed, the greater true, Christ-like Christianity thrives. This is why the Chinese Christians tell us NOT to pray for the fall of their communist oppressors. The communism forces people to make a real choice about following Christ: there are no half-hearted believers in China where following Christ can literally cost you your life.

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Joshua Agan
Joshua Agan moderator

@Starkman  Keith, what do you read about in Ephesians 6? I read about a breastplate, a shield, a helmet, a sword, and more. What is all this gear for? It is for a battle. In fact, Paul clearly stated that he had fought the good fight and kept the faith. Not a physical fight with a metal sword, mind you. 

We are in a war, Keith. BUT, we wrestle not against flesh and blood. Nowhere in this article did Shelton tell Christians to pick up a sword and fight in the flesh. He says to stand up and fight the good fight of faith against spiritual wickedness in high places. THAT fight is entirely Scriptural, Keith. And that is what Shelton is writing about to encourage us to do.

Thanks for reading and commenting!

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libsarescum
libsarescum

@Tyler J Agan @libsarescum You are absolutely WRONG! It is easy for you to judge the "Catholic sword-wieldin Crusaders" now that you are sitting confortably on your well padded tush, during the times that the "sword -wielding Catholics" lived it was survival of the fittest. These "wonderful peaseful Muslims" were on the move to conquer Europe and the rest of the world. May be you should be thankful that those "sword-wielding Catholics" were triumphat in expelling the "wonderful Muslims" out of europe, otherwise your daughters would be havind their hymen removed, or marrying at 10 with a 50 year old slob, and you could be wearing a nice turbant with your butt up in the air praissing Allah, otherwise be stoned to death.

Starkman
Starkman

@Tyler J Agan @Starkman 

Hi Tyler,

Just to be clear, I wasn't suggesting that Shelton is calling for a real sword to swing through the air!

I'll ask again: if Jesus were sitting here listening, would He condone what Shelton is saying? No, He wouldn't. He didn't even address someone's claim about estate matters ("Lord, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.") It wasn't what He came to do. Further, read Eph 6, the whole chapter, not just the warfare part. It has NOTHING to do with amoring up to fight matters of prayer being removed from schools, of abortion rights, of gay activism...nothing of the sort—it is dangerous exegesis and disrespect to God's word to read into it what you suggest regarding Eph 6, what is simply not there. The passage is ONLY referencing putting on the amor of God for PERSONAL reasons, not public matters of Shelton's concern. Eph 6 has to do with fighting the spiritual battle each and everyone of us is to fight IN OUR OWN PERSONAL WALK...by standing firm in the Spirit against Satan and against the flesh, not fighting in the public square for the sanctity of marriage (though I am all for that).

 Again, if ALL citizens of America who stand conservatively for those things to which Shelton passionately adheres are being called to speak up, than, as I said, I'm all for that. But quoting Eph 6 to justify "fighting" or going to "war" is actually just digging the misuse of Scripture into a deeper ditch.

Thanks very much,

Keith R. Starkey

libsarescum
libsarescum

@Tyler J Agan @libsarescum Are you saying that we should not oppose a Muslim takeover, and just leave it in "Gods hands"? God gives many of us courage, strength  and the ability to fight for our freedoom wich is our HUMAN RIGHT. Our ancestors knew that, unfortunately, the safe world that they created for us, has turned the modern western "men" into complacent whimps, allowing our Religion and values to be trampled on and evil to prevail.

Joshua Agan
Joshua Agan moderator

 @libsarescum  Have you ever read the historical accounts of the Crusades? I thoroughly enjoy history, and have read much about it. Crusades were begun on noble pretenses but quickly went awry many a time. Do some research.

When anyone invades a land, I am all for defending your neighbors. To send troops in support of an invaded nation is no crime, either naturally speaking or spiritually speaking. But to wield a sword in the name of God when God has not decreed such a war is blasphemy. Without God's guidance, the Crusades did far more than mere expulsion of Muslims.

With my obvious dislike for medieval Catholicism, your "wonderful Muslim" mantra is unwarranted.

My point remains unchallenged: the Crusades were neither Christ-like nor God-ordained, and their resulting debauchery proves it.

Christians have long stood in the face of persecution (well, except for American Christians), so a Muslim takeover wouldn't daunt God in any way. Do I support a Muslim takeover? Far from it. But it wouldn't surprise God or thwart His plans. Let come what may. God is my portion.

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Joshua Agan
Joshua Agan moderator

 @Starkman 

I said nothing about decrying social malfunctions. I decry SIN, which is the root cause of any social malfunction. Deal with the sin, and a malfunction will no longer be a problem. But deal only with malfunctions, and you only apply bandaids to a gunshot wound.

Have you ever read the sermon preached by Enoch? He didn't preach the roses and tulips of faith. He used some strong language about sinfulness. Jesus himself called the hardened Pharisees vipers and whitewashed sepulchers. Neither of those sermons sound like good news alone. They sound like calling out evil where evil is.

I am not asking people to fight social injustice or malfunctions. We are asking people to stand up for the truth of God's Word, which decries the murder of infants and the twisting of God's plan for marriage. Don't use Scripture to beat people over the head, but boldly proclaim the full counsel of God's Word, which includes God's teaching about life and marriage.

There is no way around that, without ignoring passages and sitting quietly. Neither Enoch, John the Baptist, Peter, or Jesus preached only lovey-dovey good news of Heaven. They preached repentance from sin, which, by its very nature, requires a calling out of sin.

~ Jonah publicly preached against the sins of Nineveh. 
~ Noah publicly preached against the sins of those around him. 
~ Enoch decried the ungodliness of ALL those around him by warning that God would come "to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him." 
~ Peter stood in the public marketplace and called out their sin of murder. 
~ Jesus called out the woman's adultery at the well. 
~ Jesus also publicly called out the Pharisee's blasphemy of the Holy Spirit and their failure to help the poor. 
~ Paul publicly denounced the idolatry of Athens. 

Should we overlook their public preaching against sin (not mere malfunctions or injustice, see)? I follow their examples. I preach with boldness, yet have compassion in all that I do.

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JasonEatherton
JasonEatherton

@Starkman @Tyler J Agan It is clear that many in the christian world have a rainbows and lollipops Jesus.  That's why I left christianity all together.  No not a atheist but I won't touch christianity.  I don't belive in the christian version of the messiah but I do belive in the bible's version of the messiah.  

Starkman
Starkman

@Tyler J Agan @Starkman  

Hey, Tyler,

Exactly what was Paul talking about when he asked to be given a mouth speaking boldly? Was it against the pagan rituals of his day? Was it against abortion, gay rights, etc.? No, it was for one thing and one thing only: to preach the gospel of the good news. That's all Paul ever talks about. (By the way, Jesus was very clear: if they won't listen to you, move on to another place. Neither He nor the word of God have anything to say about fighting public injustices or social malfunctions. Should we? Yes, of course, but as citizens of this country, not as Christians claiming that this is what the Word teaches us to do. That's liberterian theology, and it's horribly dangerous.)

Of course the word of God touches every aspect of our lives. But the manner in which God has burdoned us to cry out that message is through the good news, not through any other message. Cry out your beliefs, for sure, Tyler, about the many issues facing us today, but don't make them what they are not: the burdon that God has given us Christians. We have one burdon and one only: to preach the good news of Jesus' life, death, resurrection and second coming. That and that alone is our burdon.

Further, you still haven't answered my question: would Jesus condone as the burdon and responsibiltiy God has layed on us through His word what Shelton is saying we? As I said, the answer is no, because that's not the message of our Lord or the message to the church in any of the NT.

Finally, please read Eph 6 again. Exactly where do you find the idea that for us to take up the sword of the Spirit means to proclaim to the public our disdain for its social malfunctions? That's not the purpose of the sword of the Spirit. (By the way, the sword of the Spirit is the word of God, so we are right back where I started this: where is it found in Scripture the burdon Shelton carries as being the burdon God placed upon the church?)

I've said about all I can think of to say, so I am pretty much finished.

Sincerely,

Keith R. Starkey

Joshua Agan
Joshua Agan moderator

 @Starkman Keith, I must admit that is had been a while since I re-read that entire chapter, so I just took the time to do so afresh. In so reading, I still walk away with the same thoughts as before: A sword (the Word of God) is not an defensive tool such as a shield. Rather, a sword is an offensive weapon used for engaging the enemy. Furthermore, I read toward the end of the chapter these verses:

"And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak." (Ephesians 6:19-20)

We should not engage in fights for the sake of a fight. But the Word of God touches EVERY aspect of life no matter what you discuss, and when it comes to Scripture, I will stand boldly and speak boldly according to God's Word. Abortion and Gay Marriage are very much spiritual issues as well as physical issues. Because of that, I will speak up boldly for what the Bible says.

You seem to separate the physical issues from spiritual ones. But the physical issues are an outflow of the spiritual ones. God did not come to settle an estate dispute. He came to settle a heart problem that causes estate disputes. God did not come to end Roman tyranny. He came to end a heart problem that causes tyranny. But when God dealt with the heart issues, it impacted the physical ones.

I do not speak against abortion and gay marriage just for the sake of speaking against it. Rather, I speak boldly about God's Word, which just so happens to have much to say about both issues. And I am not ashamed to publicly say so.


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