How often have you been hushed?
There is a lot of controversy nowadays regarding our right to free speech. ‘Zones’ are established on campuses and elsewhere to restrict when and where we can speak out. If we dare to speak our mind on any issue, someone is inevitably going to take offense. They may go so far as to drag your butt into court. They will attempt to intimidate you, threaten you, ostracize you, discredit you, attack you on many levels if you dare to speak the Truth.
What has happened to our 1st Amendment right to free speech??
Those who have been abused as a battered woman, abused as a child, have been raped, are left behind by a victim of suicide, have buried a child, etc., etc, etc. have lived their lives with: SHHHHH!
I WILL NOT remain silent!
I WILL NOT be silenced!
I WILL NOT silently disappear!
Veritas vos liberabit
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Romans 10:14 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?
There is an old phrase that I was taught in a support group for survivors of abuse over three decades ago that should be on billboards everywhere:
YOU’RE ONLY AS SICK AS YOUR SECRETS.
It is up to each of us to shake off the shame, despise the shame, and begin to stand on our rights, proclaim the Truth, and speak out freely and boldly…UN-ashamedly!
IS. 42:14 “I have kept silent for a long time, I have kept still and restrained Myself. Now like a woman in labor I will groan, I will both gasp and pant.”
BREAK THAT SOUND BARRIER!
“Don’t rock the boat, don’t stir up trouble, we should “agree to disagree.”
People prefer complacency. People prefer ‘positive thinking’, what makes them ‘feel’ good. YOUR TRUTH makes them uncomfortable.
PS. 50:3 May our God come and not keep silence; Fire devours before Him, And it is very tempestuous around Him.
My silence may be your friend, but it is my prison…and I’m breaking out!
MT. 13:21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
MT. 13:57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.
MK. 6:3 “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.”
MT. 26:33 Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.
Should we attempt to not offend others? YES
However, if TRUTH offends you, that is YOUR problem….not mine!
JOHN 6:61 Jesus was aware that his disciples were complaining, so he said to them, “Does this offend you? John 6:1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.
“The Greek word for offend is skandalizo, and it means to stumble or to sin, or cause displeasure. So, what happens? They tell the person who told them the truth, “Oh, you offended me!” Well, how did I cause you displeasure, to sin or to stumble? You have displeasure because you won’t change; you deny the Truth. You sin because you won’t accept the Truth on any given subject. If you were fully convinced that God’s Word is just exactly that, there wouldn’t be any problem with any subject, you could mold your life to the teaching of the Truth. The sad thing about this is the fact that there are many unbelievers even in the church. You, yourself is where the fault lies. Sadly, when many brethren hear something that offends them (something that causes them to wiggle or whisper in their seats!) they leave! They go to congregations where they can get their ears tickled and won’t be offended anymore.” (Pettigrew)
Perhaps, my speaking the Truth about such matters is not the problem. Perhaps, the problem is in you…taking offense. Patricia King: “Offenses aren’t given, they are taken.” May I suggest that we all learn:
The Art of Not Taking Offense
“To not have your suffering recognized is an almost unbearable form of violence.”-Andrei Lankov-
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