April 1, 2010
To Speak Or Not To Speak
READ: Mark 14:53-65
[Jesus] kept silent and answered nothing. óMark 14:61
Sometimes silence is the best response to a false charge. At other times we must speak up.
When false witnesses accused Jesus as He stood before the Sanhedrin, He ďkept silentĒ (Mark 14:53-61). Defending Himself would have been useless. Furthermore, He was fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah 53:7. But earlier in His ministry, Jesus rebuked the Pharisees, challenging them to prove that He sinned (John 8:13-59).
A pastor resigned from his church because a few members made untrue statements about him. He thought it unchristian to defend himself, and in some instances it is. But in this case, the troublemakers needed to be confronted and their false charges refuted. He should have urged them to repent or face church discipline.
Saying nothing may allow wrongdoers to go unchallenged in their evil ways. But if Godís Spirit leads us to remain silent, or if we want merely to try to salvage our wounded pride, then we should hold our tongue.
Are you being falsely accused? If you discern that itís futile to argue, or if your pride has been hurt, ask God for grace to say nothing. But if you feel concern for the wrongdoers and want to see justice done, speak up! ó Herbert Vander Lugt
Lord, give us wisdom to discern
When what is false must be revealed
Or if we need Your grace and strength
To close our lips and keep them sealed. óD. De Haan
Silence can be valuable; donít break it unless you can improve on it.