Summary: Christians must make our voices heard
The Sin of Silence
60 seconds of silence!!!!!!!
(Luke 19:40) And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
We as Christians have been silent for far to long. Our country was founded on godly principles. Our founding fathers were godly men. Our nation was meant to be one nation under God. It is high time that we give back what is rightfully His in the first place.
We are all guilty of this sin. We fail to witness as we should. We fail to speak out when we see atrocities going on around us. We fail to speak up when our government starts passing laws saying it is ok to kill unborn and innocent children. ETC!!!!!!!! I could go on and on.
Even the early Christians had to be persecuted to get them to fulfill what Acts 1-8 commanded them to do.
(Acts 1:8) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
(Acts 11:18) When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.
(Acts 11:19) Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only.
(Acts 11:20) And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus.
And the silence continues on today.
Christians kept silent about the atrocities of WWII when Hitler was killing off the Jews.
The 40’s, 50’s, and early 60’s the majority of Americans were attending church. We thought everything was A OK, but Satan was in the process of lulling America to sleep. He clouded our vision and silenced our speech. Our government that was established by the people, of the people, and for the people was slowly changing before our eyes. We as Americans were gradually loosing control of our government. Laws started to be past that were contrary to God’s word. Decisions that were designed to be decided in God’s house, by God’s people, are now being decided by our government at the local, state, and national level. It all started to fall apart during the sixty’s by what I consider the turning point of society as we now know it in America today.
On June 25, l962, 39 million students were forbidden to do what they and their predecessors had been doing since the founding of our nation - publicly calling upon the name of the Lord at the beginning of each school day.
The prayer the Court objected to follows: Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country.
The removal of prayer from our schools was a violation of the third commandment which commands us "not to take the name of the Lord in vain." By the judicial act of forbidding invocation, the Court audaciously elevated a secularized system of education beyond the authority, reach and blessing of God Himself. Worse than taking the Lord’s sacred name in vain is treating it with contempt, denying it rightful place and stripping it from public use and even from the lips of children. Jesus’ own expressed desire, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them" was also violated by these judges, many of whom were raised in Christian homes.
After more than 25 years of severe moral decline is it not time to repent, reverence the name of the Lord, reinstitute and keep the third commandment?
Since the passage of this law that banned public prayer in school, America has been in a state of decline.
The unprecedented moral decline and social upheaval in the U.S.A.--
Since 1963, when prayer was taken out of school, unwed birth rates of 15-19 year-olds doubled. Pregnancies for girls 10-14 went up 553% since prayer was disallowed in school. (The separation of church and state.)
Divorce rates from 1963 to 1983 were up 117%. For fifteen years prior 1963, divorce had been declining.
Since 1963, single families were up 140%, single families with children with children were up 160%, and unmarried couples living together went up 353%.
From 1965, there was a sharp incline of gonorrhea in students in ages 15-19. It incline became since the removal of religious principles from school. Student STD¡¦s went up 228%.
When a people throw away their values, they reap the consequences Some of those consequences are crime, divorce, STD¡¦s, unwed mothers, and unmarried couples living together. There are more!