Is it Time for Christians to Shut Up?
Is it time for Christians to (shut up) not speak up about certain topics? In Amos 5:12, the prophet said because of manifold transgressions and mighty sins, the prudent keep silent for it is an evil time.
Prudence refers to knowing when it's time to do or say something. Is it prudent for the church to become embroiled in arguments and debates regarding its values? This is an evil time therefore, it is prudent not to intentionally start or stir up debates and arguments about certain topics.
Jesus said some did not understand what he was saying because they did not want to hear what he had to say.(John 8:43) Are you wasting your time speaking to people who don't care about what you have to say?
Christians should remain silent in some cases because as Dr. Clarence Walker, author of Breaking Strongholds, "forceful, stubborn, arguments, opinions ideas and philosophies cannot be argued away, they can't be complained away, regulated or picketed down and they do not self- destruct. Why? Because they are strongholds.
Strongholds are of a spiritual nature and must be fought via the spirit. The stronghold against Christianity is spiritual and was built because Christians were asleep, we focused on how to seek God for blessings instead of seeking Him to help us live holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:6). We were not told that if we failed to live holy a breach would occur in the fortress, allowing the enemy to build a stronghold operated by strongman. We did not know the strongman would be difficult to dislodge.
But thank God there is a remedy! Right now, it appears the enemy's goods (the people he has bound, the arguments and opinions about Christianity) are secure but thank God, Jesus Christ has come and bound the strongman. (Luke 11:20-22)
The day is coming when we won't have to argue about our values because God is going to pour out salvation and righteousness upon the land (Isaiah 45:8) and people will know right from wrong and turn from sin. He will convict their hearts of sin, so until He does that stop arguing with people about sin and Christian values.
Focus on Your Own Sinful Issues
Stop worrying about what others are doing. What are you doing? Paul said, you who "preach against stealing do you steal? If you preach against adultery, do you commit adultery? (Romans 2:21-22)
God will convict people of sin when Christians get rid of their own sin. No one is perfect but there are certain things Christians cannot do. Fornication and covetousness is deeply embedded in the church and must be cast out. In Ephesians 5:3, Paul said, "But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
If they are not cast out God will let your enemies chastise you! You will be harassed, you will be the tail and not the head and will lose influence. However, when you turn from sin, God will make your enemies be at peace with you. (Proverbs 16:7)
Proverbs 28:2 says for the transgressions of the land, many are its princess (strong men and strongholds). However, the last part of the verse says that by a righteous man the state is restored.
Although there are mighty strongholds in the land we can overcome them, if God's people begin to walk in righteousness that is obey God. The state of the land, its peace, security, and allegiance to God will be restored.
We can destroy the devil’s strongholds and send wickedness back to the pit when righteousness is restored in the land. God promised if we humble ourselves and pray, and seek his face, and turn from our wicked ways he would heal the land. (2 Chronicles 7:14). Humble people admit they are wrong and begin to do the right thing.
Christians are the salt of the world. If salt loses its saltiness it loses its value and will be trampled under the foot of men. (Matthew 5:13)
So, it's in your hands, do you want to be trampled under the foot of men, loosing rights and freedom?
Will you continue to fight a spiritual battle with words or use the spiritual weapon of obedience to change the world from a state of chaos to one of peace.