“They hate him who reproves in the gate, and they abhor him who speaks the truth. Therefore because you trample on the poor and you exact taxes of grain from him, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not dwell in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink their wine. For I know how many are your transgressions and how great are your sins— you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe, and turn aside the needy in the gate.
Therefore he who is prudent will keep silent in such a time, for it is an evil time.”
(Amos 5:10–13 ESV)
I’m learning to be prudent.
I would love to offer my take on any one of a number of issues, but have no desire to pay the current going price for having a thoughtful and researched opinion about anything.
We don’t debate issues and facts anymore.
We take a position and demonize and vilify all those who differ.
If you happen to have some sort of prominence in social media (our otherwise), your private life and person will be the subject of manic scrutiny to shame and discredit you.
Character assassination has replaced good, old, traditional, assassination as a means of silencing the opposition.
The currency of the day is anger, whether the issues and people we are angry with have done anything in reality to merit it.
Our leaders, both in church and the political realm, are using fear to create more anger and the things they say are not always true.
We are not being informed, we are being manipulated.
No one is seeking solutions or the common good, they are seeking election, influence, and cash.
We live in a terribly and wonderfully complex world and all our issues and solutions will be terribly complex as well.
They will require thought and discernment and probably sacrifice.
We seem to be content with finding someone to blame and doing them in.
The people of God have a great advantage in such a time…the indwelling mind of God in the Holy Spirit.
We should be leading the way in bringing truth to the table and bringing all to sit at that table and find solutions.
Instead, many are leading in harshness and invective that will divide and defeat us all.
We are almost over the edge.
The people you disagree with on a given issue are not stupid, evil, or bent on the destruction of the country.
They are probably not committed to bringing about Armageddon.
They have real reasons for believing what they believe just as you do.
If we’re going to find real answers, we have to hear each other.
I would say more, but I’m choosing to be prudent…
Make your own application…