I’m thinking of picking up this hammer and hitting my thumb.
How many of you would just stand there, and watch, and say nothing?
Yet, this is what so many of us do when we see others walking in and toward misery-making sin!
We say nothing. We even tell others to not bring it up.
And you know where I notice this silence so often? In families. Yep. Families.
We don’t want to do anything to rock the boat, cause conflict, or break fellowship. Because we idolize our families.
This world is so crazy, we deserve some family peace, right?
Shoot, it could mess up Thanksgiving and Christmas if we say something and they get upset.
We idolize “peace” in our families so very much that many remain silent, ignoring sin, (ignoring Matthew 18:15-18 and James 5:19-20), and eventually the sin becomes a destructive, painful cancer.
It grows and affects others. It’s spills out of our families and into other families. Society as a whole suffers, and eventually we end up with a country in chaos like we have now.
How many individual painful stories could be avoided and how many societal ills alleviated if we just encouraged each other to live as the Lord intends? It’s always the better way.
What if people were actually still encouraged to wait until marriage to have sex? How many fatherless homes would there be?
What if men knew the family and church expected them to keep their promises, be responsible, and take care of their families? What if they were “called on the carpet” when they didn’t?
What if women were taught the true value of caring more for their husbands and their children than their careers?
I know these things aren’t politically correct, but they are biblically correct and therefore the better way!
What if when we see those we love, those we call family, tumbling into sin, we warned them of the painful consequences it can bring instead remaining silent to maintain a false sense of family peace?
Oh, we may avoid some conflict, but we are not doing them, nor this society, any favors.
For the truth is, sin unchecked will never bring peace. Not to individuals, not in families, nor in societies. It brings dysfunction and destruction.
It seems, as a country, we are reaping the consequences of our silence.
How many riots would there be if our families looked different ? How many children would have both parents there to love them? How many jail cells would be empty? How few addicts would there be?
How much pain could be avoided if we chose to encourage one another to flee sin and walk in truth?
Lord, help us open our mouths. Help us warn others about the destruction of sin. Help us see this is how we truly love them.
Before we shake our heads at the problems in this country, may we be bold enough to, in love, and because it’s the loving thing to do, address the sin in our own families.