The Silence of the Lambs

by The Mad Preacher, Rod Davis

This is an addendum to “Fire in my Bones!” It’s also a hard copy of my next YouTube video

Romans 3:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”[1]

Psalm 107:2 says, “Has the LORD redeemed you? Then speak out!”[2]

I grew up setting sitting on a pew. My dad was a well loved pastor who knew God’s Lamb maskedWORD like the back of his hand. So, I was exposed to the Gospel early own. I came to Christ in 1959 and was baptized in a small cement pool in the basement of the Back to the Cross Southern Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Ill. Incidentally, it was the first Southern Baptist ever in Chicago and was started my Dad’s older brother, Henry.

Jesus said in Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

It wasn’t until the summer before my sophomore year in High School that I finally went radical for Jesus. God baptized with his Holy Spirit and I finally got serious about my walk with Jesus. After that, I tried sharing Christ with my friends and school mates nearly every day.  My list of “friends” grew sorted and my list of Christian friends got longer.

Over the years I’ve witnessed something that puzzled me for a long time. Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me…” (John 10:14) The question is why are his seep silent? Why the silence of the lambs? “Has the LORD redeemed you? Then speak out!” (Psalm 107:2)

It’s not about showing up for Tuesday visitation where few actually show up, like the dynamic duo, or the Fantastic Four or The Three Musketeers. Sadly sometimes it’s only the Three Stooges who show up.  If you’re a pastor you can possible relate.

So many are afraid to break the silence and share their faith with others. They fear embarrassment or fill ill-equipped by their lack of Biblical knowledge. All you have to do is to open your mouth and God will fill it. Bear in mind that the early Christians didn’t have the New Testament to quote from. However, that didn’t stop them. They were witness to what Christ had done for them. Again, Jesus said in Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

The original Greek word for “witness” means an eye-or ear-witness. Now, what do witnesses do in a courtroom? They tell what they saw and heard. They tell what they experienced. That’s what each lamb of God is called to do; not to be silent! There is an old saying that says, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Or in the case of sharing Christ with others “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to say nothing”.

According to the New York Times on March 27, 1964, “For more than half an hour 38 respectable, law-abiding citizens in Queens watched a killer stalk and stab a woman in three separate attacks in Kew Gardens.” And not one of them called the police or tried to help her.

The Times went on to say, “Assistant Chief Inspector Frederick M. Lussen, in charge of the borough’s detectives and a veteran of 25 years of homicide investigations. He can give a matter-of-fact recitation on many murders. But the Kew Gardens slaying baffles him—not because it is a murder, but because the “good people” failed to call the police.”As we have reconstructed the crime,” he said, “the assailant had three chances to kill this woman during a 35-minute period. He returned twice to complete the job. If we had been called when he first attacked, the woman might not be dead now.”

Are we, who profess to follow Jesus, any better that those 38 people when it comes to warning lost people about the coming judgment? Will we answer the call like Isaiah did in chapter 6: verse 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

David said, in Psalm 40:9-10, “I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, Lord, as you know. I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly.” (Psalm 40:9-10)

On average people die and go to Hell at the rate of

1.72 per second

103 per minute

6198 per hour

149 thousand per day

54.3 million per year

3.8 billion per average lifetime (70 years)[3]

If you were on a street and saw someone about to be hit by a car what would you do? Would you just stand there and do nothing? Or would you spring into action and grab them by the arm and pull them to safety?

Despite the fact that an average of 103 souls will go to Hell every minute, we still have the silence of the lambs. This is God speaking in Ezekiel 3:18, “When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.”
Again in Ezekiel 33:8 God continues this theme, “When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.” My friend, our silence has eternal consequence.

[1] Unless otherwise indicated all scripture references come from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

[2]Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188.
All Rights Reserved.

[3] Retrieved from http://biblehelp.org/signal.htm Copyright © 1987 -2004 Michael Bronson

 

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