Coach Dave Daubenmire
January 23, 2014
Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet. Show my people their transgressions...Is 58.
Silence hides things. Usually the truth. Speaking up exposes falsehood. Silence usually covers it.
There has never in the history of the world been more ways to communicate and yet, at the same time, more silence about the things that matter the most. Most of what we hear is noise...meaningless lip-service designed to silence our conscience. For many language is the Devil's way of concealing the truth.
“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” James 4:17.
If speaking up is not important can you explain to me why so many are trying to silence free speech? Only lies are permitted to be repeated. Truth is shoved into the closet. Truth is mocked. Truth is attacked. Truth is called hate and intolerance and racist. Truth must be silenced in order for lies to live.
Truth is the anti-biotic for falsehood. America is infected with lies and those who carry the anti-dote are afraid to administer it.
The cowardice of silence is destroying more lives than cigarette smoking ever hoped to.
Silence isn't golden, it is yellow.
You think I am wrong? Try applying a little bit of common sense, mix it with a pinch of logic, and spread it with words and you will quickly find yourself more hated than the Marlboro Man. People love the lies they have been told and they don't want you or anyone else shining the light of truth into their darkened hearts.
They would rather live in the caverns of deception where the only light that illuminates their world is the moon which is nothing more than a reflection of the true light. As a result, they see through a glass darkly. What they see is not even real. They live and walk in shadows.
But we permit them to do so. Our unwillingness to “let our shine light before men” has granted permission for a world groping in the darkness to “love the darkness more than light.” Silence is evil. To permit is to participate.
That is the folly of the “who-are-you-to-judge” silent, complacent, compliant Christian Church. Silence is simply hiding one's light under a bushel.
What is the purpose of the light? Do you need a flashlight in the middle of the afternoon? Are we supposed to shine our light in the security of the church where the light is already present? If you took a flashlight and shined it in your church service would anyone even notice?
Probably not, because light was designed to repel darkness. Remove darkness and there is no purpose for light. Remove light and darkness gushes in like a flood. Darkness and light are mutually exclusive. They are like fire and water. They cannot exist together. Light casts out darkness. Darkness is merely the absence of light. Remove light and darkness lives. Turn on the light and darkness dies.
But men love darkness because their deeds are evil. Sin is fungus of the soul. Fungus grows fastest in the darkness. Light is always the greatest disinfectant. Truth is light.
Some things are right and some things are wrong. There is no “gray area” because gray is a mixture of black and white. Only the intellect of man can create gray out of light. Gray is a neutral color...neither dark nor light. That is the color of most Christians.
Do you remember the early days of American TV when the “westerns” flooded the screen? In those days there was no question about right and wrong. Good guys wore white hats and the bad guys wore the black ones. Today, everyone wears a gray hat. It is hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys.
Christians need to take off the gray hat and put on a white one. Jesus told us to be black or white. Evidently God is not partial to gray.
So, in this age of instant mass communication how has the voice of Truth become so muted? Is it because there are so many other sounds fighting for ear space or is it because the trumpet blast of truth is an uncertain one? Is God for or against truth? How can His truth be shared if the trumpet is silent?
Cry aloud, spare not, lift thy voice like a trumpet....that's in the Bible you know? We are to lift our voice like a trumpet. Are you blowing the trumpet? Is your Pastor?
I'm not talking about blowing the trumpet in the church. It is the world that needs to hear the truth. A trumpet is loud. Our voice is to be like a trumpet. Our silence is scandalous to our Lord.
Phil Robertson recently said, “If you fear the people more than you love the people you will never reach them with the truth.”
Bingo! We love our lives too much. We are more afraid of the opinion of man than we are the opinion of our Lord. We are MIA in the battle for Truth.
Most Pastors hide behind prayer...as if prayer was actually doing something. The prayer closet can be a great place to hide. Jesus prayed until blood came out of His pores and then he got up and DID SOMETHING. Prayer should lead to action. Aren't you glad Jesus didn't stay in the garden?
Prayer is the electric wire along which the power runs. Prayer energizes the action. It is like electricity in your home. It only works when you plug something into it. Jesus told us that our faith would move mountains but we don't want to have to do anything. He said the mountain WOULD BE moved, but sometimes you have to grab a shovel and move it. Prayer is what strengthens you for the task. Prayer is not the task. Electricity is merely controlled lightning.
If your neighbor's house was on fire would you merely sit in your easy chair and pray that the fire would go out...or would you grab a hose? Well, your neighbor's house is on fire...where is your friggin' hose?
I know. You want to pray the fire out. You want God to do what your fear of fire will not permit you to do. You can only stand and hope it doesn't burn down...or spread to your house. You wait on firefighters while your garden hose lies dormant.
“Please God, send the firefighters?”
Moses pleaded for the intervention of God in a mess he found himself in. “What's in your hand?” God asked Moses? Moses grabbed the rod and went to work.
So, what is in your hand? What has the Lord gifted you with that you are too afraid to use? What is preventing you from picking up your hose and allowing God the opportunity to do something miraculous? You are waiting for God to move. He is waiting for you to pick up your hose so He can help direct the water. Faith moves the heart of God. Faith requires works.
Marriage is being destroyed. Babies are being slaughtered inside their mommy's womb. Our elected officials lie and are held blameless. Our children are taught lies in school. We legalize pot, glorify sodomy, allow the Bible to be treated as pornography, and glorify the use of war to bring peace.
And not a peep from the pulpit. Not a peep to those who have usurped the power and authority of God.
If “His people” will not speak up, who will? If His people will not defend His honor, who will? If His people will not speak His truth , who will?
We are so cowardly and fearful of the opinion of man. Why would an all powerful God want to defend His children when His children won't open their mouths and fight for Him?
Gonna be a lot of surprised people on judgment day. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith in what? Faith in the omnipotence of God. Faith in His promise to never leave us nor forsake us.
Faith in the fact that He is Who He says He is and that He can do what He says He can do.
In the book of Revelation Yahweh gives us a grocery list of those who will “have their place in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone.” You will be shocked to discover who sits at the top of His list.
“But the fearful and the unbelieving....”
Cry aloud and spare not lift your voice like a trumpet.
Silence is a wicked thing...cowardice is its partner in crime.
Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. One act of obedience is better than a hundred sermons. -Pastor Bonhoeffer
Don't think God will not hold us accountable.
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