Man of God: Tell the truth.
By Mario Murillo
Recently a man of God came to me in the same way that Nicodemus came to Jesus at night. I am not Jesus and the subject matter was not about rebirth. The similarity had to do with the fact that wanted to ask me something in private that he did not want to discuss publicly.
He asked me: “Mario, there are many of us who know that you are right about Obama and what our government is doing to the nation and the church. But we do not know how to speak out without losing members or my church our nonprofit status.”
So I asked how he felt about his silence. “I feel sick” he said. I asked, “How sick?” He did not answer but the pain in his eyes showed that he was deeply conflicted. This is a good man who sincerely wants to do what is right. So I made points about why he must speak out.
- A man of honor will never withhold truth because of personal consequence. Claire Delacroix said, “No man of honor avoided what needed to be done, simply because it might not proceed in his favor.” Honor has become cheap. Honor is not hospitality or flattery. It means courage and loyalty to the truth in the face of great personal cost.
Preaching must proceed from the things that are important to God and not the audience. There are issues that are urgent to Him. He must see that you are willing to discern what is important enough to address. How can you expect God to speak to you if He already knows you are going to run His Word through a filter?
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King
- In your silence you are taking other people down with you. Does it ever dawn on a preacher that he is actually damaging his audience when he only says what they want to hear? He is not leading them forward; he is not improving their condition or alerting them to danger.
The decision to do this can be because the preacher has given into fear and no longer believes that God can change society so the best he can do is mouth soothing words. David faced the temptation to speak out of defeatism. In Psalm 73:15 He says, “If I had really spoken this way to others, I would have been a traitor to your people.”
- There is still time to save the country. This is the biggest reason to speak out. The ongoing destruction of freedom of speech and of religion has happened because God haters marketed a great lie to the masses. That lie is wearing thin and slowing down the takeover of our freedoms.
Now is the time to hold their feet to the fire. We have not yet been driven underground. We are not yet being forced to draw fish symbols in the dirt or huddle in catacombs.
Audiences are ready to listen to common sense preaching. We must seize the moment. Jesus said I John 9:4 I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.
You should never speak out on certain controversial issue unless the Spirit of God compels you but you are asking too much when you say that God has not moved your heart to speak out about our government’s overreach and persecution of Christians. Oh and by the way, the IRS does not want to enforce the 501C3 gag order on Churches because they know it will lose in the Supreme Court.
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