“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Reference: “On the day you stood aloof while strangers carried off his wealth and foreigners entered his gates and cast lots for Jerusalem, you were like one of them.” Obadiah 1:11 NIV
Explore: Martin Luther King, Jr. was a profound minister who spoke openly about the injustice being dealt out against the African American people in late 50s and 60s. As an activist he regularly declared the plight of the oppressed people and strived to give voice to the voiceless.
A quote credited to Luther King Jr was “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
This is quite a challenge. There are often times when we remain silent on things that are unjust or unfair.
We may not be speaking the words of harm, but does our silence make us just as responsible?
Application: God certainly thought so. When one nation stood silent while another was attacked, God condemned them both.
Sometimes our inaction can speak to what is in our heart as much as our action does. It’s worth considering not just what you are doing, but what you are not doing.
Prayer: Lord, may we live according to Your wisdom – the things You do as well as those You do not do. May our actions speak of love and may we never be silent when Your voice is needed to be heard. Amen.
What are you not doing?