Speaking Out; November 5, 2022

Isaiah 62:1 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet,
till her righteousness shines out like the dawn,
her salvation like a blazing torch.

As Solomon famously said, there is a time for everything. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) We aren’t to be talking constantly, but we must not hold back when the situation calls for speech. In America some years ago it was in fashion to speak of “the silent majority,” meaning those who weren’t politically active. However, people who had a Biblical world view, or at least something close to it, not speaking up led to the situation we are in now, with the absurdity of denying basic biology and trashing the US Constitution. Fortunately, many of the “silent majority” have now waked up, and truth is being spoken without apology. It has taken much longer than it should have, and many people have been severely damaged as a result, but as is said, better late than never. This chapter speaks of persistent prayer in verses 6 and 7, but this verse isn’t limited to speaking to God. If we desire righteousness and salvation in society, we need both to live it out and proclaim it, calling out things that are in violation of God’s truth. A recent excellent example to follow is Kari Lake, candidate for Governor of Arizona. A former television news anchor, she resigned her job out of disgust at the intentional falsehood that she was asked to participate in, and she spoke out about why she was quitting her job. She had no political ambitions at the time, but so many people were inspired by her statement of resignation that she was essentially propelled into running for Governor. With the election days away, it is a delight to hear her refuting the lies of the media that how attack her, because having been in that business she knows exactly what is going on. I haven’t seen anything about her personal faith, but I would be very surprised if she is not a committed Christian. We may not have her opportunities or her gifts, but we too are not to be silent in the face of evil, but speak God’s truth in love.

This is close to home because I am very much a man of words. I haven’t done much in the way of actively attacking the lies that are rampant in society, but I can say that I haven’t been hesitant to speak the truth. One area where the Lord has given me a platform has been in the areas of marriage and parenting. It looks like that platform may expand, and I am not to hold back. However, I must always remember my father’s words of wisdom to me, that I quoted back on October 6th. I must not hesitate to speak, but my words must always be in love, (Ephesians 4:15) love for God and love for my neighbor, so that God’s will alone may be done.

Father, thank You for this reminder. May I indeed not keep silent, but speak Your words in Your love and Your power to accomplish Your will for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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