Silence is not always golden
By: Leslie B. Williamson
There has been a major shift in this country. It is one that I have never felt before. Something has not just come to visit but it wants to take up residency in this commonwealth. The reality is that somehow a door has been left unattended and this spirit has eased its evil way into the breach with a pair of steel-toed boots ready to generate chaos.
Our nation is in bereavement. Whether you are bereaving the murder of George Floyd or bereaving the blatant racism that is being revealed, it is truly an incredibly sad time for us all. Just like a child who burns his hand on a hot stove, normally a painful situation is avoided for a second time. But many in this nation have not learned and it is my fear that they never will.
Throughout history, we see the oppression and mistreatment of God’s precious people. Although inequality has always been one of the main issues that have plagued God’s children, we cannot afford to allow bitterness and hatred take root in us. Hatred towards our oppressors seems to be the appropriate emotion to possess, however, according to the Word it is the complete opposite.
Matthew 43:44 says, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Now this sounds so hard to do and Father God knew that before He commanded that we do it. The very last thing we want to do is show our oppressors love and pray for them. But hear me beloved, it is not by our power that we love our tormentors
When we become transformed, it is by the help of the Ruach, the Holy Spirit that we are able to obey the command to love our enemies. There is an advantage in obeying God even when we don’t understand it all. He will reveal His truths as we trust him and obey.
Now this perspective has an immensely powerful benefit for those who allow the Holy Spirit to do the work in them. Loving our enemies and those who for what ever reason want to hurt us, will give the persecuted a gift that will refine their lives. It allows the Holy Spirit to make you more like Jesus (Yeshuah in the Hebrew) Who was the ultimate example of showing love while being persecuted.
But let’s be clear, loving our enemies, forgiving them for their sins against us and doing good to them does not mean that the persecuted shouldn’t be heard. We all have a right to come against hatred and evil and stand up for what is right. We can all agree that there is nothing right about what has been taking place in the “land of the free and the home of the brave”. Just because a believer stands up for what is righteous does not mean they are agreeing with the byproduct of rioting and looting. We stand for righteousness and we must not allow the enemy of our soul to continue to manipulate hate.
As believers, we must stand for what is right in the eyes of our Creator. We must say what He has said in His word and not conform to the opinions of others. Where we are now, love is what we need, but it is not the only thing we need. We need all who call God their father to let the world know that hatred will not be tolerated and demand that true justice must and will be served. It is the only way Satan’s well-oiled machine can be dismantled. We all have a part in bringing down the hatred that torments God’s people and that is to love and speak forth the truth that makes us free.
Love is not silent. Love wants the world to know that it is alive and well. When I fell in love with my husband, I wanted the world to know it and if anyone did anything to hurt him, I wanted something done about it. Everyone is not going to take to the streets, but even in your interaction with friends or in your Sunday school classes have a righteous conversation about what’s happening around us. If you are not as conservative, then put Satan to shame and put your voice behind it. Stand with the ones you call your brothers and sisters. Be willing to learn from one another and let us fight the good fight of faith together as one. This is not the time to release your embrace. This is the time to tighten your embrace to those who are going through adversity. If you don’t understand what to do, then don’t be afraid to ask.
I had an experience the other day in the store where I met an old acquaintance. We were having this wonderful conversation when this elderly lady passed by and interjected in our conversation. What she added was funny and relative but when I was leaving the establishment in the parking lot, I heard a faint voice saying, “Oh ma’am”! I turned around and it was interjector. She came closer to me and began to apologize. She said, “I am so sorry if I offended you by what I said inside the store. My daughter keeps telling me to stop talking so much”. I laughed and told her that I hadn’t given it a second thought and we ended up having a very delightful conversation. But something inside me told me that her apology was for much more than interjecting into my conversation with my friend. I think you get the picture.
In this season that we are currently in, allow the Father to help you see what needs renovating in your life. Tear down some of those walls that are desperately trying to stay erect. Let them go so that He can expand you to be greater in Him and love on His people. Hear this message in love and ask for understanding. Better days are coming if we do it God’s way. Every blessing to you all!