What God has shown me lately is that everyone’s hot button topics are different and just because someone doesn’t jump on the same bandwagon as you do with the same passion as you do does not make them wrong. We can disagree and dislike things but still love each other.
We are not called to champion every cause or atrocity or phishing post or tweet we encounter. Sometimes God calls some of us to be silent and to pray, or just to keep scrolling because our opinion is not needed.
Some do not deserve to be told an answer as Jesus chose in Mark 11:33, because some contend and debate issues not for the truth, but instead for the victory or having the last word. Some even already know the real answer but choose to reject it based on emotions or going along with the crowd.
We should choose wisely what we say, what we answer to and how we behave. If it doesn’t glorify God- don’t say or do it!
We must endeavor in relations to behave ourselves so as to put to silence the unreasonable reproaches of the most ignorant and foolish of people. (Matthew Henry Commentary for 1 Peter 2:15)
There is no condition or cause or post or tweet or viral video so mean and horrible that a person may live conscientiously in it and still glorify God. (Paraphrased and added to from Matthew Henry commentary on 1 Peter 2:19-22)
My choice to not engage in the disputes or debates or jump on bandwagons or like your viral video does not mean I am less passionate or intelligent, nor am I passively just idly sitting by twiddling my thumbs-or my brains have fallen out…or I don’t have a voice….
It means I see through the facades and like Jesus- choose not to answer or engage. I choose to be silent because sometimes Silence is Powerful!
~XXOO Michelle Bollom
For it is the will of God by doing right that you may silence (muzzle, gag) the [culpable] ignorance and irresponsible criticisms of foolish people. ~ 1 Peter 2:15 AMP
For this finds favor, if a person endures the sorrow of suffering unjustly because of an [awareness of [the will of] God. After all, what kind of credit is there if, when you do wrong and are punished for it, you endure it patiently? But if when you do what is right and patiently bear [undeserved] suffering, this finds favor with God.
Christ Is Our Example
For [as a believer] you have been called for this purpose, since Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you may follow in His footsteps. He committed no sin, nor was deceit ever found in His mouth. ~1 Peter 2:19-22 AMP
So they replied to Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” ~Mark 11:33 AMP