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Sermon:
Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil?
Scripture: 2 Timothy 4: 2-8 Date: 14 November 2010
Purpose: Accepting everything means you believe in nothing. When it comes to right and wrong, sitting on the fence wonít get you Ė or the people you love Ė anywhere. Passiveness is not love. Love is getting in peopleís faces and telling them the truth.
Illustration: On May 26th 2002, a towboat on the Arkansas River in Oklahoma accidentally pushed a barge into a concrete bridge support. The bridge was where Interstate 40 crossed the river. At the impact, a third of the bridge collapsed.
The problem was that the people on the interstate could not see that the bridge was out. Fisherman below watched in horror as car after car fell off the edge, plunging 62ft. to the river. The fisherman immediately began pulling survivors out of the river. When they pulled a truck driver out of the water, he shouted, ďSomebody stop the cars!Ē
So fisherman Alton Wilhoit grabbed a flare gun from his boat and ran up to the interstate, where another semi was headed for the collapsed bridge. Wilhoit fired the flare gun at the semi, hitting it on the driverís windshield. The driver slammed on his brakes and the wheels locked up, the trailer came to a stop with the truckís front wheels hanging over the ledge. The driver threw it into reverse and pulled away, effectively blocking the road and warning the other drivers.

14 people died that day. But how many more wouldíve died if Alton Wilhoit hadnít done what it took to warn people who were blindly headed toward their death?
You and I can be Alton Wilhoit for the world. We know the bridge is out. We know that people are unknowingly accelerating to their deaths. And weíre in the right place at the right time with the right tools to do something about it.
Your friends are about to go over the edge. People in your family are about to go over the edge. Our whole country is about to go over the edge. They donít know it. They donít even see it coming but that doesnít change the fact that itís true.
We have fooled ourselves as a society that if we donít hear it, see it, or speak about it; well then it just doesnít exist and all is well in our world. The truth is this: There is much evil in our world even though we turn our backs to it and pretend itís not there. We actually are condoning it by doing nothing about it.
2Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourageówith great patience and careful instruction. 3For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
6For I am already