Christians Should Not Be Silent

African_sunsetWhen I say Christians should not be silent, I don’t mean Christians should complain more or rail against our culture more or even, out false teaching more. We do those things with some frequency. I’m one of those who does.

What I was reminded of today, however, was that I’d much rather be known for what I believe rather than for what I oppose. In a discussion on another site today, I made a comment that included these words: “Christ offers healing. He gives us grace. He made a way of escape from sin and guilt. His plan and work is Good News.”

However, I also pointed to things with which I disagreed, and consequently, the ensuing discussion, as far as concerned me, centered on my opposition (not precisely on what I was opposing but on the fact that I was opposing).

I can’t help but wish we’d talked more about Christ–the Way, the Truth, the Life–and how He came to show us the Father. I wish we’d talked about how Luke compiled his report for Theophilus “so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.” I wish we’d talked about how John ended his book by saying “This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and wrote these things, and we know that his testimony is true.”

You see, the issue at stake was the certainty or uncertainty with which we can know God. One perspective was that we cannot know with certainty and it is arrogant to say we do know with certainty. Somehow knowing was assumed to contradict faith. Never mind that the Bible defines faith as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1).

The assurance. The conviction. About what do I have assurance? These are the things I think Christians should chat up. We are too often silent about the things about which we have assurance. Do we think everyone else knows and believes the things about which we have assurance? Or the opposite? Neither carries sufficient grounds for us to remain silent. The first is false and the second is the very reason we need to speak the truth, in love.

So, what am I assured of? First, that God is.

I had occasion years ago to do some hiking in Colorado. One adventure was supposed to be a short mile hike to a small lake, but my hiking buddy and I both agreed when we arrive, it was far too short and there was too much day left, so we headed for the high country. At the end of our trail we stood on a glacier field looking up at rocky spires more glorious than any cathedral I’d visited. Over our heads was a canopy of blue, so rich and pure. Everywhere I looked, I saw God’s fingerprint.

I’ve seen His creative glory when I looked at the stars from Catalina Island or watched the sun sink below the western horizon of a Tanzanian sky as a full moon rose in the east. I’ve marveled at bull elephants protecting their herd and ostrich scampering across the grassland.

Who is God, but the LORD?
And who is our rock, except our God? (Ps. 18:31)

I know God is. I’ve seen His work.

I’ve also experienced His presence. His Spirit has taken up residence in my life. I am now one of those living stones Peter talks about:

You also as living stones are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:5).

I know God is. I’ve read His Word. The Bible is a lamp, a light, and what it illumines is God’s person, plan, and purpose. Where creation paints the general outline of God’s existence, the Bible fills in the details. It shows through the narrative, from beginning to end, His love and power, His mercy and justice, His patience and faithfulness. He shows His redemptive purposes in His dealings with Israel. He shows His plan to rescue the condemned in His provision of the ram for Abraham to substitute for his son. He shows His patience when He rescued Jonah on his way as far from God as he could get. He shows His faithfulness in holding back a pride of lions from devouring Daniel when he refused to back off from his worship of God Most High. The Bible is rich, so rich–filled with the greatness of the Author and Finisher of our faith.

I know God is. Jesus showed Him to His followers. He is the image of the invisible God. It was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him. In Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form. Look at Jesus, and you see God.

So yes, the first thing about which I have assurance is that God is!

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Published in: on October 2, 2013 at 6:57 pm  Comments (10)  
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  1. That was beautiful, beautiful, BEAUTIFUL! I am so glad I followed you 🙂

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    • Thank you, Amber. I needed your encouragement! I appreciate you taking the time to respond. Also, I appreciate you reblogging the article! Very cool.

      Becky

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  2. Reblogged this on The Disassociated Depressed and commented:
    The author of this post, Rebecca LuElla Miller, wrote such a beautiful post here that I just had to break that fourth wall again and repost it.

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  3. […] are a few indisputable things we actually do know and agree we know. One of those I touched on in Christians Should Not Be Silent: Christians know God […]

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  4. […] know that God is and that Jesus reveals God. We also know that we are saved by grace. By implication, we also know […]

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  5. Well said, Becky! I often have the same regrets. I so very much want to be known, like Jesus is/was known, for how I care for people. .. not mainly for what I support or don’t.

    My heart warms when I think of you. Hope you are well, friend.

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    • Deb! What a great surprise! Thanks for finding your way over to my little corner of cyberspace. 😉 So great to hear from you. Thank you for weighing in on this topic. I do think it’s vital that we tell people about Jesus and say less about issues that aren’t going to change apart from Christ.

      As near as I can tell, Jesus didn’t spend a lot of time preaching against theft or murder. He did make it clear that our attitudes must be right before God as much as our actions. Which was actually a way of saying, Sinful people will be sinful and the only hope is a perfect and holy Savior.

      I’m doing well–rejoicing in God my Redeemer.

      How about you, my friend? I have equally warm remembrances.

      Becky

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