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The Stones Will Cry Out

Luke 19:40

If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.

112015 Ray McDonaldMore and more people are speaking out these days about what they believe. That is usually a good thing – open and honest sharing helps – most times.  If we are a student of the internet (no laughing please) – we will read a number of articles written about subjects we may have never heard about before.  For instance – a friend posted an article about two young black boys who were arrested because a young white girl kissed them on the cheek.  You can read the article here – it is called The Kissing Case.  They were arrested and beaten and imprisoned.  It impacted their whole lives.  It happened – not in 1776 or 1832 – but in 1958.  Such injustices need to be exposed and in order for healing to take place.

I’ve been asked to share a class on the church and the use of Social Media tomorrow at the Southern Region’s Leadership Days.  The article on the Kissing Case is an example of how Social Media can tell stories that the regular media may or may not have told (or in a different light).  It is a horrific story to read – it brought tears to my eyes.

On Social media people are speaking out about racism in light of the black on white and white on black – police and civilian activities of late. I hear and read more people speaking about their faith these days – on Social Media – and that is certainly a good thing.  Do we speak out about what we believe or do we sit back and remain silent?  Social Media allows us the opportunity to be heard when society often tries to quiet some voices.

If we do not speak out for what we believe – who will speak out for us? I may not always agree with what people say – but I love that people will speak out for what they believe.  I often disagree with some of the political voices these days – on both sides of the aisle – and may laugh at some of what they say – or bark – but in our country – they have the freedom to be heard (I just pray certain voices don’t make it to the White House).

So who will speak out for Jesus today?  Jesus said if people will not speak out about Him and the truth – the rocks will cry out.

In today’s passage – we read the words of Jesus – as He encourages folks to speak out. He tells them if they won’t speak out – if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Luke 19:28–44 – 28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’ ” 32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.” 35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. 37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” 40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” 41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”

What about us – dear readers? Are we willing – during Lent or throughout the year – to speak out for Jesus?  Is our faith worth facing ridicule and persecution?  Are we ashamed of the Gospel?  Are we going to allow the secularist and the evil in the world – even those from a different view – to win the day – or are we going to stand up and even go down to our graves – representing Jesus?  Speak out for what you believe and in Whom you believe dear readers. Be counted among those who will live and die for Jesus.

We have a choice – to stand up for Jesus – or not.  Jesus said to those who would listen – Matthew 16:24 – Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Jesus also said – Matthew 10:32 – “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.”  So what will it be folks?  Will we speak out or will we wait to hear the rocks cry out for us?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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February 19, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , ,

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