Pledge Principle VIII: “I will stand for the oppressed I will not remain silent while injustice is occurring.”
Proverbs 24:10-12 If you falter in times of trouble how small is your strength. rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering to slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not He who weighs the heart and guards your life know it? Will He not repay everyone according to what they have done?
This particular blog was approached with a little hesitancy. Not because I’m soft on the Principle or don’t believe in it, but because how this particular principle might be interpreted.
We live in a contemporary society were we consider ourselves as evolved people that have escaped the trappings and ignorance of the past. We have tremendous flexibility in our society which celebrates and accentuates our individuality. If one thing can be surmised about us, it’s that we are independent and we value our personal expression religiously…
In fact we quite overvalue our independent expression… and its worth….
What is personal expression? What makes one persons opinion more valuable than anothers? If it comes to value judgments about personal expression how do we determine what’s of value and what’s not? We celebrate independent thought in the United States an as such have an unwritten creed not to tread on our neighbors rights or infringe on their beliefs and we live under the banner “everyone has the right to their own opinion.”
The problem with opinions is they are usually attached to beliefs, translate into a philosophy of living and become action. I’de argue most of the opinions of human beings are probably wrong!
I’ve coined a term lately called “CPC” or Christian political correctness. It’s when the opinions of the world penetrate the beliefs of the church. Think for a moment of some of the most hotly contested issues in our culture which even in the body of Christ are no different from the world. You don’t have to look far just reflect on the arguments that surround each political election!
Pledge Principle VIII confronts complacency in us personally. Its built around the divine precept that God hates injustice. That’s righty there are some things God hates particularly at the expense of those who are vulnerable. This is not anything new (read the references to injustice in the book of Amos) but seems to be a common plague of humans! We are called in Christ, to not remain silent when injustice is occurring. That doesn’t mean you have to become some water cooler lunatic at work arguing the talking points of Fox News or CNN (please don’t) but the word of the writer of the Proverbs 24 saying 25 is clear referring to complacency”
“If you say, “But we knew nothing about this.” Does not He who weighs the heart perceive it?”
Our silence or inaction on obvious issues of injustice is a statement. Our inaction when the vulnerable are being exploited is an action. As one popular saying goes. “To decide not to decide is to decide.” I’m afraid we are so busy celebrating forgiveness sometimes we forget the price that was paid for it! Consider what the justice of God cost Him, His beloved Son. A life in Christ is meant to impact the circle of life that surrounds it, the culture, and yes the portion of God’s Kingdom He has entrusted to us.
Paul writes to the Philippians calling them to be transformed, to be different, “S that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without blemish though you live in a crooked and perverse society, in which you shine as lights in the world. Philippians 2:15. What’s implied is clear, our lives are to be so different they are unmistakable. There are a lot of “good people” in the word that appear to be good, non contentious, perhaps even gentle. Those transformed in Christ should manifest these as well but are also called beyond appearing to be “simply nice.”
One of my favorite rock groups (Degarmo & Key) wrote in one of their songs “Casual Christian” the following words”
I don’t wanna be, I don’t wanna be a casual Christian…
I don’t wanna live I don’t wanna live a luke warm life…
Cause I want to light up the night, with and everlasting light..
I don’t want to live a casual Christian life…
Let’s stop fearing the perceptions of a world that’s lost. There looking for the difference that marks us a Christians.