To me the obvious exception to staying quiet is when it comes to proclaiming the gospel…
Their thoughts in this is that, “the Bible says it’s going to get worse before it ever gets better so why should I try to change it?”
This mindset doesn’t sit well with me…
This is a timely discussion, @mpitts92 , and I agree with you! This is kind of a hot button for me, so please bear with me.
As I have watched the world in recent months, I do believe our enemy, the devil, is reckoning his remaining time to destroy and devour what he can of the God’s beloved creation that is mankind.
While I agree the Bible tells us it will get worse before the end, I disagree that we should not consider our part in making an impact. We can, as ambassadors of Jesus Christ, hold out the gospel to those who are lost, and participate in His goal to increase the number in the kingdom. I think the work we have to do is even more urgent now. Christians, including myself, have been snoozing too long.
Does this mean facing trolls, impostors, massive obstacles, hate, false accusations, rejection and maybe even violence? Yes. I have considered these things as I’ve evaluated what I am doing to share the gospel. The obstacles can be quite tremendous actually. But we trust God with our work more than we trust what we can see.
It is not biblical to want anyone to perish in what the Lord describes as hell, and Christians have a great privilege to have a direct line to truth, value, worth, salvation, purpose, shelter and assurance in the One True God.
If I accept the basic definition of quietism as:
calm acceptance of things as they are without attempts to resist or change them.
and I operate in a way that furthers that philosophy, I do believe I will face the Lord with regret.
Does that definition match what you are finding in your research? How would you define it?
Christians have, throughout time, been resisters (there’s that word “Protestant” ) of things that are evil, that oppress, that destroy life, that devalue, deceive, etc.
Jesus was a trouble maker. He tossed tables in the temple, cracked a whip, called the Pharisee “white washed tombs”, and exposed manipulative attempts to discredit His Person. But He still gave all at the cross for those people. That is Christianity.
When my kids were in early high school we read D. James Kennedy’s book What if Jesus had Never Been Born?
It’s an easy to read, nifty overview of the impact of counter culture Christianity in history.
If I truly love my fellow man, I will take guidance from the Holy Spirit to bring truth and love to the places that are difficult.
Love does not stand by while another self destructs.
A big example I’ve seen lately are the street preachers. There is some very effective work going on there, but not without physical, spiritual and emotional stamina. And sometimes preachers endure violence. It’s easy to ignore Jesus if He’s never shared in the public square, but if we don’t take Jesus to them and they don’t want to cross the doorway of the church, who will tell them?
As long as we are here, we have work to do.
At the end of things what really matters is the eternal soul of every person.