The silence is deafening.
I read those words yesterday, written by a blogger I admire and follow. And I knew he spoke to me.
It’s not that I’ve meant to stay quiet. Life circumstances, sheer exhaustion, and a little bit — or maybe a lot — of fear kept me from saying anything. It seems too little, too late to add my voice to the cacophony.
Those words: the silence is deafening.
Ecclesiastes 3:7 says there is a time to be silent. But it also tells us there is a time to speak.
If ever there was a time to speak, it is now.
Injustice runs rampant, hypocrisy looms at an all-time high, and the people who should be most vocal about it — those called and committed to follow Christ — have been overly silent.
Christians, how can this be?
You Were So Loud
Since the 80s, I have listened to the loud outraged cry of the conservative Christian community. I have heard their rants. I have been the target of some of them.
Because of my political leanings, I was more than once called a “baby-killer.” I heard the complaints about gay marriage, about birth control, about abortion, about public schools, about entertainers, about the media, about atheists and about how heaven forbid, we might not force kids to say the pledge of allegiance every day (in the state of Texas, they do, by the way—every single day.)
I heard the outcry over President Barack Obama — for eight long years. The anger over the Affordable Care Act, the criticism of his policies, the ridicule of his wife and children, the sheer hatred spewed toward him but always with the caveat that “it’s not about race.”
- I listened as people I know and share common values with (or so I thought) rake other human beings through the mud with harsh words and vitriol — simply because of the color of their skin, their nation of origin, where they live, how they dress.
- I saw how people fixed their faces and refused to see another’s point of view.
- I heard them rage about the need to protect their children from potential terror, but never about the need to teach their children how to love.
- I saw them cling hard to their firearms and chant about building walls.
- I witnessed them turning their backs on the suffering of real human beings.
- I saw how they would not be moved from their position, no matter the moral call to do so.
- I heard the name calling, the taunting, the sheer hatred and vulgarity pour forth from their mouths.
Enough Is Enough
I have tried to remain positive. To be understanding. To chalk it up to ignorance.
Above all, even though at times I’m vocal, I always try to stay diplomatic. Never would I want to insult another human being. Never would I want to come across as a “sore loser” or someone who looks down on another person simply for not sharing my point of view.
But here we are in February 2017 and for the love of all that is holy: enough is enough.
It is human nature to cling to our beliefs like crazy, even when all evidence points to a truth that contradicts what we say we believe.
In other words, it’s super hard to admit when we’re wrong.
I know, because I’ve had to eat crow and admit I’m wrong a lot.
But I say this with confidence: I’m not wrong about this.
At What Cost?
The conservative, evangelical Christian community in America has — as a whole — sold their birthright for a bowl of soup.
You remember the story of Jacob and Esau, right? How Esau was the older twin, and as such, he stood to inherit his father’s blessing? It was his birthright.
But Esau was shortsighted. He went out and worked so hard one day that he came home “hangry.” He wanted some of that soup Jacob was stirring on the stove, but Jacob was no fool. He made a bargain with Esau, and without stopping to consider the consequences, Esau gobbled up the bargain and the soup.
And he lost his inheritance.
Just like that.
The conservative Christian movement in America has rallied so long behind one single issue — that of abortion. Somewhere along the way, people became convinced that the only way to stop abortion in this country (a noble goal for sure) was to overturn Roe v. Wade. They’ve made it their battlecry.
They believed in it so much that they chose to vote for a man who embodies the spirit of everything that is “anti-Christ” in the hopes that he “might” appoint a Supreme Court justice who then “might” sway the vote of the highest court in the land so that Roe v. Wade “might” be overturned.
And it’s all still highly speculative. Because if there’s one thing the current president of the United States doesn’t care about at all, it’s life. Whether that life is in the womb or out. The only life he cares about is his own.
Like Esau, conservative Christians are left with a bowl of soup — they got what they wanted and maybe they’ll get their way with Roe v. Wade. But at what cost?
Conservative Christians, Your Silence Is Deafening
It’s not okay. If you voted for him thinking that it would all just be business as usual and that he would “make America great again,” I hate to break it to you. But you were wrong.
And going about your business and pretending like it never happened, well, that really isn’t an option anymore. This whole episode has damaged the reputations of Christians worldwide and it’s time to speak up and say “No! This isn’t what we’re about. We were wrong. We are sorry. We want to show the true love and grace of Jesus Christ before it’s too late.”
It’s what the world needs to hear.
But unfortunately, the silence is deafening.