Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ. Ephesians 4:15
There is undoubtedly much frustration among the masses. Years of socio-economic marginalization have led to an explosion of emotions that undermine the just cause for people protesting the death of George Floyd and many other African Americans. This is partly because many ordinary individuals have remained silent when they should let their voices be heard. Many people joined the protest because they feel the need to scream out their pain and anguish after years of lingering silence.
Injustice and inequity flourish in silence. When the oppressed do not let their voices be heard, they become complicit in their own marginalization. Edmund Burke said it best, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.” Silence is the language of defeat and the expression of surrender. Perpetrators of evil welcome the silence of their victims because it demonstrates fear and capitulation.
But, God did not give us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). Therefore, whenever possible, we have to let our voices be heard. Indeed, we need to speak out against injustice and inequality whenever and wherever they are prevalent. Life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21).
Our words should be seasoned with grace, but that does not mean they will not sting, particularly when we are denouncing inequity. Many people struggle with the idea of speaking the truth in love. They assume they have to water down the truth. Jesus did not water down his truth. He spoke truth to powerful individuals and institutions, notwithstanding.
It is through our voices that people will hear the message of unity and reconciliation. If you and I do not speak up, effective changes will never occur. Without our input, social, economic, and political leaders will not have the wisdom to lead effectively. Then the masses will continue to be marginalized, and inequality will worsen.
Our words may not always be as articulate as they should be. Our motives may be questioned at times. However, our determination and passion for truth and justice must be conveyed unequivocally. We need to let our voices be heard so we can provoke dialogue and inspire change. Lest we forget, it is through our voices that God speaks.
People often ask if there is a word from the Lord! The answer is “absolutely, yes.” There is always a word from the Lord. That word does not only come from the clergy. It is embedded in the mouth of every God-fearing individual. It is through our voices that others will hear from God and know his love for his creation.
However, as we speak, we should acknowledge the pain and anguish of those who are suffering. We should not be dismissive or disrespectful of the struggles of those on the margins of our society. Nor should we allow our biases to prevent us from speaking out righteously.
Our goal should always be to inspire and empower. The great commission given to us by Christ is to make disciples for Christ. The message of the gospel must be heard. We are the voices crying out in the wilderness, reminding the masses of the coming judgment. People may not agree with our message, but they must hear our God-given and Spirit-led convictions.
Prayer- Blessed Lord, please give us the courage to speak the truth in love so we can effect changes to the glory of your kingdom.