A lot has been said about silence in the presence of those who would use deceit to gain advantage and control. Edmund Burke told us that, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Well, last night, an entire room full of our over paid and over pampered representatives said and did absolutely nothing while President of the United States talked of more spending and more government control of the innocent population.
Often many of these highly respected representatives are so enamored of their positions, the traditions of their respective houses, and the vaunted collegiality of the Senate that they find themselves in a psychological straight jacket, unable to voice the truth, and perhaps not even able to see the truth.
Several years ago, Joe Wilson was roundly criticized for having the audacity to shout, “You lie!” as the president uttered words of deceit to the nation. It’s like many of George Orwell’s words that have been proven true in recent years – “Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” These people cannot handle the truth and will do their best to stifle those that tell it. This includes those that we look on as the “good guys”.
Time has passed and the lies have become more audacious. Along with that, efforts to rock the federal boat have been criticized and blocked at every turn, not always by Democrats, but by Republicans as well… particularly those in party and congressional leadership. The question is not why Joe Wilson would make a spectacle of himself and embarrass the party regulars. The question is why the others remained silent in the face of such destructive deceit.
The Bible says, the truth will set us free. The corollary of this is the lies will lead us into bondage. And those who are supposed to represent us, and work for our welfare sat their in silence… and for the most part, still watch in silence as our country is destroyed.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer knew well the danger of not speaking, and he eventually saw the consequences of standing for the truth when he wrote, “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.” Bonhoeffer died at the hands of the ruthless Nazi dictator, showing us that their can be price for such courage and honesty. Yet his words ring true and guide us, even today.
Most Republicans, who should be standing for individual liberty and against tyranny, even elected tyranny, remained and still remain silent. Their failure to act is, in reality, an action that promotes the destruction of our country. If we are putting our faith in our elected leaders who have no stomach, inclination, or intestinal fortitude to take a stand, we will be sadly disappointed as we are bound in the chains fashioned by our own apathy.
There is only one power that can restore peace and truth to our world. It is the same power that granted the children of Israel victory as they crossed the Jordan River and occupied the promised land. It is that power, but it is a power to that allows righteous actions to succeed. The problem is that to tap into this power, we need to take ourselves out of neutral and start moving out into the freedom we have been designed for.
Colonial preachers like Jonas Clark and John Peter Muhlenberg, to name a few, understood the relationship between the gospel and rights and responsibilities of free men. They taught God’s Word and trained their flocks to follow it, both in this world and the next. Treasure those shepherds who have the same understanding today, and encourage those who do not.
We are not simply engaged in a political fight against a president who has embraced the evil in this world, but we are in a struggle against the evil itself… not just flesh and blood, but against “principalities and powers” of the air. With this knowledge, we cannot be silent, or we, too, will share in the guilt of our age.