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576. The Sin of Silence

Remaining quiet in the face of evil has had disastrous consequences in the past. Will we allow history to repeat itself?
IT’S WORTH CONSIDERING
It’s fairly easy to recognize sin when it comes from our mouth. It may be in the form of an outright lie, a subtle twisting of the truth, or unbecoming speech. The lie of silence is harder to detect, but just as deadly. Someone tells a very off-color joke and we say nothing. Someone curses or mocks God and we remain silent. A sinful decision is made by the majority and we fail to object. We’ve all be guilty of the sin of silence at some time, but the time has come to decide that it will never happen again. If we’ve been guilty on multiple occasions, it probably because we saw no repercussions from our silence, so we found it easier to chicken out the second time.Martin Neimoller

I was recently reminded of the far-reaching consequences of our silence. Martin Niemöller was a Christian pastor who was imprisoned by the Nazis in 1933. He later wrote:

First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.

AS I SEE IT
Paul gives the reason for speaking the truth to fellow believers (Eph. 4:25). It is because we are all members of the same body. We can live in safety only because the senses and the nerves pass true messages to the brain. If we are all bound into one body, that body can function properly only when we speak the truth.

The Niemöller quote should help us focus on the national sin of silenceHolocaust pile of bodies and the urgent need for the truth to be proclaimed. America is rapidly approaching the situation the Jews found themselves in during the early 1930s. One by one, the nations of the world are becoming weakened by the well-planned and orchestrated influx of Muslims and the world is largely silent. It said, “Never again” after the concentration camps were finally emptied of their prisoners, yet Israel is being threatened with annihilation by Iran and the world is silent.

Here at home, the plans of the Muslim Brotherhood for having the flag ofIslamic flag over White House Islam flying over the White House by 2050 are receiving little resistance. The 25 Islamic terrorist training camps within the United Stated borders are still operating. The 2100 American mosques are still training their members for the takeover of America and little is being done to stop them. Our freedoms are being threatened like never before. Silence is no longer an option.

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