SILENCE THE MESSENGERS! The attempts to suppress messengers and messages that certain people don’t want to hear is not something new and just occurring in our society or in our generation. We live in a time when a country that was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and held the bible in great esteem is now being assaulted by people who don’t believe the bible should be part of our public life. These same people want to suppress those who would proclaim their beliefs in the truths of the bible and also live those same truths out in their lives. At the same time these same people want to flaunt their perverted beliefs and suppress and persecute those who disagree with them. Far too many Christians go silent and far too many Christians compromise their principles to please others.
The same type of persecution happened to those who were part of the early church. The Jewish ruling council in Jerusalem arrested the Apostle Peter and some other Apostles for teaching about Jesus. They ordered them to stop and not do it anymore. “Peter and the other Apostles replied: ‘We must obey God rather than human beings!’” (Acts 5:29 NIV). It is time for ALL Christians to stand with Peter and the other brave Christians down through the ages who would answer with the same message to those who would silence us. “We must obey God rather than human beings.” It is time to proclaim and practice what we say we believe but as with Peter we must do it in God’s power and with God’s love.