The Sin Of Silence
Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines sin: “To depart voluntarily from the path of DUTY prescribed by God to man; to violate the divine law in any particular, by actual transgression or by the neglect or non-observance of its injunctions; to violate any known rule of DUTY.”
Did you know that it was possible to passively sin? Most of us have been taught through our religious upbringing that sins are something that we actually commit. When we lie, or steal, or engage in sex outside of the bounds of marriage we have an understanding that we have engaged in, committed, a sin by our actions.
All sinners understand that and the more we sin the less tender our conscience becomes. Soon, we find ourselves engaging in fornication regularly but are not bothered by the clear violation of our conscience. Once our conscience is seared, or hardened, we become much more comfortable in our active violation of those standards with which we have been raised.
A seared conscience makes one helpless in the face of mounting temptation. The only way to be able to turn from sin is by a conscious decision to say “NO” to the temptation. This requires the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
My mother always said to me, “Let your conscience be your guide,” and it worked perfectly until my conscience began to become dull. Overwhelmed by temptation and without the ability to combat it, I found myself doing a lot of things that I would never want my mother to know I did.
How many times have you done something that you knew that you shouldn’t do and found yourself sliding down a trail you never intended to get on in the first place? Sin makes for a slippery foundation.
But the Christian world is slow to criticize one of the most dangerous of sins. The sin of OMISSION is just as evil and just as destructive as any other carnal sin that you may find yourself engaging in. However, the sin of OMISSION is not as easily recognizable because it is not as blatantly obvious.
Get in a religious discussion today (if that is even possible in this greasy-gracey world we live in) and you will find that most people still understand the notion of sin, but are quick to rationalize WHY their particular sin was not as diabolical. Justification of sin is the heating of the hot iron that will eventually cauterize the guilt from the clearly sinful actions.
I hear tell the road to hell was paved with good intentions…
But it is the sin of OMISSION that is just as deadly in today’s world. The idea that, as the Bible teaches, to know to do good AND NOT TO DO IT, is also sin. This willful silence is the American Church’s greatest failure.
Just this week 2246 “fetal remains” were discovered in the home of a paid assassin in South Bend, Indiana. It seems a mass murderer masquerading as a doctor had accumulated a strange collection of dead human beings in his home that were discovered after his own death. The horror was not that he had killed 2246 human beings, but that he was ghoulish enough to keep them in his home…much like a deer hunter does with a set of antlers. And just what are “fetal remains?” Would that be toes, or fingers, or ears, or 2246 complete and distinct people? Thank God most “good” abortionists only murder babies and sell their bodies for research.
You probably haven’t read much about it because the media would not like to awaken your dead conscience. But what if it had been 2246 born children? Or illegal immigrants? Or school children? Or puppies? Why does the slaughter of 2246 unborn children not horrify every Christian in America? Why are not pastors leading their congregations into the streets and demanding the end to this carnage?
Their silence like a cancer grows…
It seems we are more outraged that he took the babies home for his collection than we are that he killed them. Soon, pastors will be pushing for a law against taking murdered babies home. Seared consciences, cowardice and compromise are the new unholy trinity.
The sin of silence is so much more destructive than carnal sins. Don’t we understand that silence is consent and that our silence permits sin to spread like a black mold? Can’t we recognize the fact that God placed His Spirit IN us to destroy the forces of darkness? Sin, in all of its forms, is destructive. Look at the “fetal remains” littering this once great nation.
You see, it is not homosexuality that is destroying this nation, but rather the acceptance of it. Teaching transgenderism to our children does not destroy the trangendered soul, but the innocent soul exposed to the debauchery. The shacking up of unmarried heteros does not destroy marriage, but the acceptance of it does.
The US Supreme Court did not destroy marriage when they opined in the Obergefel case. Marriage was on the ropes long before that. The legalization of no-fault divorce ushered in the tsunami of alternative marriages. The Church’s acceptance of such marriages opened the floodgates and the deluge washed away the natural family.
Every great moral evil that has cascaded down on our Christian American society met very little resistance from the watchmen who had been called to stop it. The SCOTUS removed prayer from our schools and the church mice never peeped. They removed the Bible from the schools and mum was the word. Abortion, removal of the 10 Commandments, and the destruction of marriage roared over the hill like the Niagara Falls with only a cursory complaint from the men in the pulpit. Exposing evil is the DUTY of Christians.
Our spiritual leaders were too busy fighting their brothers over doctrine, theology, hermeneutics, escape-tology, and skin color to take on the real evil encroaching on the horizon. Every evil enveloping us today was done with the approval and acceptance of the American Church.
Silence is consent. Consent with evil is cowardly and treasonous to Christ. America is paying a heavy price.
The American pastorate has traded their black robes for yellow ones. Silence isn’t golden. Silence is yellow. Silence is sin.
Article by Dave Daubenmire