A God In This Fight
1 Kings 18:20-24
I summarized 1 Kings 18 in a previous devotional, but I just read over it again and one interaction stood out. All the people of Israel gathered on Mount Carmel and Elijah presented them with a choice – to follow God or to follow Baal. The end of verse 21 is very telling: “But the people answered him not a word.” Whether is was caused by fear of man, lack of faith, or no real conviction, no one would make a decision.
This is where we are with Christianity today. People feel way too comfortable not taking sides on important issues. Just like today, the silence of the people here is consent to allow the worship of false gods. Elijah then, rightly, called them on it, distinguishing between the gods the people worshipped (18:24) and the Lord whose people they were claiming to be. God still called them His people as a nation, but the people did not call Him their God. The people all refused to pick a side – or so they thought.
The truth is that there is no neutrality between God and other gods. If you do not choose the Lord, you have, by default, chosen to oppose Him. If someone stands before you and will not say whether they choose to follow the Lord or not, tell them the truth about themselves. Neutrality is not an option. Your silence says a lot about where you really stand.
As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” And in James 4:17 it says “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” This can apply to just about any sin, anything you have tried to avoid doing because you “don’t want to get involved.” When it comes to abortion, you might think you don’t have a dog in this fight, but you do have a god in this fight. You choose the God of the bible or your god is you. This isn’t a false dichotomy. You really only have two options.
Child of God, speak out!
Your silence is not simply deafening. It’s deadly.