We have a saying in our ministry that goes like this, “Don’t complain about what you tolerate.” I have seen America, as a whole, complain a lot and tolerate even more. I have seen the wicked be blatant and purposed about their wickedness and the “professed church” stand cowardly by and do nothing. Many people like to blame those who are walking in and perpetuating darkness, but I like to put my fair share of the blame on those who have the light and do nothing.
You see, darkness can never withstand the light. Not even the darkest of dark nights stands a chance when one person sparks a single flame of light. It doesn’t take much light to illuminate the darkness, but it does take those who are willing and obedient to shine the light of truth that causes the darkness to flee!
You may be the only one who does it. God has never used a majority to prevail. Just asked Gideon, David or Daniel. You might be the one that stands alone with only God, who is the Truth, on your side, but what you need to remember is that one man standing with God is the majority!
If your neighbor doesn’t stand up against the evil tyranny that we see in our government today, then you stand up! If your friend (who agrees with you), but won’t actually speak out against abortion and refuses to protect the lives of innocent babies in their mother’s womb, then you speak out! If your pastor refuses to call out sin, which is the transgression of God’s Moral Law (1 John 3:4; Exodus 20), then you call it out!
Do not use the shortcomings of others and their refusal to obey God’s commands as an excuse for you to not do the right thing yourself. I read a great quote from a General of God who said, “It is easy enough to excuse yourself to Hell, but you cannot excuse yourself to Heaven.” You cannot stand before God one day and say, “But Lord, Jim at work didn’t speak out either.” “Lord, my neighbor felt the same way I did and he
didn’t do anything.” Or how about this one, “My pastor didn’t even speak out against sin Lord, what was I supposed to do?” It doesn’t work that way and God will not be impressed with any of it!
Do you go to the grocery store? Can you pass out a Gospel tract while there? Are you going to the lake this summer? Did God give you a mouth to speak where you can witness to the family who has had a cabin next door to you for years? Romans 10:14 says, “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” Be the preacher!
Do you still have feet to walk into a school board meeting and take a stand against the lies in children’s textbooks regarding evolution and the normalization of homosexuality for even elementary students? Or what’s the excuse that you think the Lord will find acceptable in His sight for your silence? There are a million things you can do to stand up and speak out in your community, so do it!
Remember, just because no one else may take a stand, doesn’t justify you for doing the same. You are responsible to do the right thing, whether anyone else does so or not. God has not called you to give excuses as to why you cannot do something about the problems that we see in our country today. He will not be amused on Judgment Day when you tell him how busy you were, or how many “other activities” you had going on that did not even matter in the realm of eternity.
If you claim to love the Lord, obey Him. It’s as simple as that. Jesus said in John 14:21, “He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him.” Your love for God should be the motive for everything that you do and should move you to action. When you truly love the Lord, you will not give any excuses for why you did not obey His commands.
For those who are still not convinced and who choose to remain silent in the face of evil, I’d like to remind you of this Scripture verse:
“…It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” – Hebrews 9:27
On that day when you look into the fiery eyes of the Most High, will you find indignation and wrath staring back at you? Or will you see the countenance of a well pleased Father as He says, “…Well done, thou good and faithful servant…” (Matthew 25:21) I guess that will be up to you!