Friday, 13 September 2013

The Silence of the Lambs (or when Christians stay silent) (12/9)

What happens if all the lambs in the society became silent or were forced to be silent? The pluralistic society that we live in today allows everyone to voice their opinion and beliefs but the only voice that is not allowed to voice their opinions/beliefs out loudly are the Christians, everyone else has the right to voice theirs and to disagree with them, is to declare war with them, strangely however, you are allowed to disagree with Christians, even mock them since they're just bigoted, self-righteous creatures.

But what would happen if the Christians then decide to take a step back and just went quieter, and slowly, just slowly, turned silent?

Would the society be more tolerance with one another? More peaceful? Happier? More "modern"?

I don't think so.....

The bible gives us strong warnings never to be silent.

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:1-5
Paul in his last words to Timothy charges him not to be fearful to preach the truth of the gospel whether or not the crowds wants to hear the gospel truth. Yes, I'm aware that these are spoken to Timothy as he disciple the church in Ephesians, yet I do not think that it only applies in this context.

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:13-16

Jesus himself tells us at the end of the beatitudes to be the salt and light of the world, sure we are to be exemplars in our conduct, speeches and actions, but what about salt?

How can we be "salty"? In a day where salt was used as a preservative, how can you and I be preserving the morality and values of our society?

In Singapore we have a very special law, if you cant see that, it's a $500 fine for eating or drinking on the public transport. (Yes, we are a fine country)

Sure, as Christian I wouldn't be eating or drinking when I'm on the public transport, but what happens if the person next to me eats or drinks? What would I do?

Normally, we would be give a blind eye to it, since we are neither the government nor police. But if we slowly trade off such small acts, what would happen in the future?

One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. Luke 16:10

Let's learn to be faithful with the small things we have.