Good Morning! For today’s Sunday Morning Word, I’ve found a powerful poem by P4CM (Passion for Christ Movement) poet, Ezekiel Azonwu, entitled “Silence Is Deadly.” This poem speaks on the dangers of holding your tongue.
Growing up, we are always taught to mind what we say because “death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21), emphasizing on the word, death. When know that if we speak it with our mouths and believe it in our hearts, we can make anything happen, so never wish death to anyone; keep your trap shut! Unfortunately, Christians have used that Bible verse so often as an excuse to remain quiet that although they may no longer be speaking death unto someone, they also are not speaking life, and silence can be just as deadly.
Well I am sick of closing my mouth because the world says I’m wrong, backwards, and calls me a bigot. My granddaddy used to say, “The masses are asses, and they’re going straight to hell.” My mom thinks it was his take on Exodus 23:2, which says “You shall not follow the masses in doing evil,” possibly even 2 Corinthians 6:14-17, which tells us not to fellowship with unbelievers. Wherever he got the saying from, it’s the truth. Are we going to damn ourselves and do what everyone else is doing, or are we going to follow God’s Word and try to help those who are struggling?
Let’s not sit in a corner silent for fear of offense. Jesus says, “Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him” (Luke 17:3). In Matthew 18:15, he says, “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.”
People have this false sense of self, worrying about how they can get to heaven and condemning their brothers and sisters to death at the same time. My pastor says that we are the agency of the living God. This is the year of Evangelism. Evangelism is the one thing you cannot do in heaven; you can only do it here on earth, but that’s not going to happen if you remain silent. The Bible is full of verses requiring us to help others in need, to warn those struggling with sin. If you abandon them, their blood just may be on your hands:
“So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me. When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul” (Ezekiel 33:7-9).