There are various ways to save the world, you can name them. In this short piece, I discuss the consequences of the appalling silence of good men.
Each and every time we do not rebuff an evil act, we have made a choice to promote such evil act. We are therefore guilty. Guilty of helping evil succeed.
When we do nothing, we are accomplices to gross evil. In fact the Lord despises those who are lukewarm. Let us reason together. Jesus was very compassionate and yet He was consumed with Zeal for God when it comes to rebuking evil deeds. Some examples are sufficient to drive this point home:
- John 2:13-22 – Jesus violently drove the merchants and their merchandise out of the temple for ever daring to turn God’s house into a market place
- Luke 11:37-54 – Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for their hypocrisy and insincerity.
- Revelations 3:15-17 – Jesus rebuked the church in Laodicea because they are neither hot nor cold.
It is often the case that evil succeed, not because of the numbers involved in the plot but more because good men like you and I are not willing to stand up for what is right.
Whenever you refuse to lift a finger when you see an evil deed, you are no longer a promoter of good works.
He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. – 1 Peter 3:11-12
If we are made in the likeness of God’s image (Genesis 1:27), if God is good, we are also by nature good. It follows that whenever you tolerate an evil act, that action is contrary to your God’s given nature. You are therefore no longer good.
Whenever you keep quiet, you are not only guilty, you are making an already bad situation worse. You fiddle with your future, those of your children and children’s children, in short, your destiny is at risk!
I am afraid because we all would suffer from this “appalling silence”. The act of promoting evil deeds, calls for forgiveness without which the Lord will deal with us all (Jeremiah 17:10). As Martin Luther King Jr puts it:
We shall have to repent in this generation, not so much for the evil deeds of the wicked people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.
Let us think about this. Every time you correct an evil act, you are not only trying to save yourself and those who are close to you, but the world as a whole and more importantly you are saving the soul of the evildoer. You are ensuring that the man sees his own sin. You know, ones you are aware of your sin, repentance is easier.
Every time Jesus Christ put a wrongdoer in the right perspective, I believe it’s not just for the sake of it but I suppose to ensure that they change from their evil ways and turn to God.
Perhaps, the best way to make the world a better place is to increase the number of good men. Good men who are able to speak up against evil. Good men who stand their ground on what they know to be true. Good men who are not ashamed to forestall everything shameful. Good men who won’t just stand idly by and watch evil succeed.
See friends, the heart of man is desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9), if we do not want evil to succeed, then we have the responsibility to speak up against it.
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness,but rather expose them. – Ephesians 5:11
Preachthe Word;be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebukeand encourage–with great patience and careful instruction. – 2 Timothy 4:2
To model goodness, you can’t just sit idly and ignore evil works.
It starts with you and I.