When Silence is Evil

Ecclesiastes 3:7 There is a time to be silent and a time to speak.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer said:

“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.”

This comes from a man who was imprisoned during World War II because of his resistance to the Nazis in Germany.

The Apostle Paul made it clear that we aren’t to hide from evil but to expose it:

Ephesians 5:11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

Knowing to do what is right and not doing it is sin. Often our pulpits are silent on issues we should never be silent about and it only allows Evil to imbed itself deeper into our culture.

James 4:17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn't do it, it is sin for them.

Solomon said that if an offense is not quickly brought to justice, it will give the impression to others to offend all the more. The principle is the same if it were applied to silence.

Ecclesiastes 8:11 When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, people's hearts are filled with schemes to do wrong.

The silence we are talking about is referring to the silence of good people saying or doing nothing in the face of Evil social agendas. The contrasts in our world are only growing, and Evil will continue to wax worse and worse as the Bible Predicts. If the Voice of Good people continues to be silenced, our society is in great peril.

Perhaps one of the reasons the Voices of Good people are becoming more silent is the cost involved in telling the Truth. Many social media companies have censored Dennis Prager, a nationally syndicated talk show host and author, for his commentaries on their platforms. Prager University is a conservative commentary that gives a different spin than what is heard on issues facing our society. He finds himself repeatedly forced to sue these media platforms over the censorship of his material.

Just think about those who support President Trump but are afraid to say it because of the ridicule and harassment of family, friends, and co-workers.

We have elements of socialism creeping into our political system and few people seem to care. Our Voices are silent on socialism yet it seems to be the choice gaining ground among Americans. A friend sent me this reminder from the 1960s and I think you will find it alarmingly True for Our Day:

Khrushchev’s Message 60 years ago A sobering reminder.

Over sixty years ago since Russia’s Nikita Khrushchev delivered his message to the UN…prediction for America. TV coverage of him banging his shoe on the podium.  At that time, the word ‘Communism’ was feared throughout our Nation. Now, here is some food for thought if it does not make us choke!  Do you remember September 29, 1959?  THIS WAS HIS ENTIRE QUOTE:  "Your children's children will live under communism, You Americans are so gullible. No, you won't accept communism outright; but we will keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you will finally wake up and find you already have Communism.  We will not have to fight you; We will so weaken your economy, until you will fall like overripe fruit into our hands. The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Remember, socialism leads to Communism. So, how do you create a Socialistic State?

There are 8 levels of control - read the following recipe:

1) Healthcare - Control healthcare and you control the people.  2) Poverty - Increase the poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them.  3) Debt - Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, which will produce more poverty. 4) Gun Control - Remove the ability to defend themselves from the government. That way you are able to create a police state.    5) Welfare - Take control of every aspect (food, housing, income) of their lives because that will make them fully dependent on the government.  6) Education - Take control of what people read and listen to and take control of what children learn in school.  7) Religion - Remove the belief in God from the government and schools because the people need to believe in ONLY the government knowing what is best for the people.  8) Class Warfare - Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. Eliminate the middle class. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to tax the wealthy with the support of the poor. 9) Control the media. Hitler understood this very well.

My friend added this last sentence. Sounds just like the Democratic agenda!!!!! Democratic or not, the point is well taken. When we are silent in our response, we are guilty of the results. That is why I have repeatedly said, “Americans will deserve the government they get, because they were too silent to speak up.”

This is true for religion too. If Christians do not take the time to evaluate what the Scriptures Teach and then speak that Truth to our world, we will never develop the discernment in knowing what is right and what is wrong.

Keeping Life Honest and Truthful … Larry Kutzler

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