The garage door opened with its typical squeak and squeal threatened an impending collapse on my car as I backed in. I grabbed my bags, opened the driver’s door, kicked off my shoes, and headed inside. I was arriving home from work and, as I opened the door it sounded like I walked into a Senate floor debate. Recognizing the voices in heated debate as two of my children, I quickly realized I had just walked into the middle of another sibling’s argument over some injustice that had taken place. The problem was they immediately wanted me to be the judge, jury, and executioner.
This routine is a frequent reality in our home. Disagreements arise, words are spoken, and actions transpire without mom and dad’s knowledge. But then the offended or offending parties come running, making us aware a problem exists and pleading for us to take a stand. Make a statement. Cast our vote. Get involved. These are the explicit or implicit desires of the populace. There is one thing evident we must not do…remain silent! At least that is the plea, not just in our home, but in our world as a whole.
“Increasingly, I wonder if our world might not be healthier if we spoke fewer words, not more.”Craig Thompson
Yet the continued plea of the populace is to speak up. Let your voice be heard. This clarion call for our assertion is seen even in statements like “silence is violence”. While injustice has at times been swept under the rug, ignored, and silenced, I fear along with Craig Thompson we may be headed in the other direction. Craig’s article “Silence is Not Violence” articulated something I’ve observed and been concerned about recently.
I hope you enjoy Craig’s article. The last line was especially insightful and helpful to me as a parent, pastor, and leader. As my kids are continuing to teach me, “The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him” (Prov. 18:17). In other words, there are always two sides to every story. And when we are petitioned to speak quickly, authoritatively, and finally on any issue it’s wise to recognize “time and truth go hand in hand” and sometimes we need more time before speaking.
As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.
Until Next Time…