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Mum’s the word? (08/19/2007)

From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

If a family member, friend or anyone else was in harm's way, would we sound out an alarm? Of course we would - without question. We would never waste precious seconds meditating before we would warn someone of impending danger. Whenever we see someone in a dangerous situation, our reaction to anything precarious should be an automatic, lightning reaction because seconds could mean the difference between life and death.

Who should warn us if we are in danger? Shouldn't the answer be - everyone? Are we only to be warned by family members and friends when we are in danger? This would be ludicrous, yet (even when we are in danger of eternal doom) many of us don't even want our family members to speak words of warning.

Why would anyone become angry having been warned of a life-threatening situation? If someone did react in an angry way, we'd be scratching our noggins in bewilderment. Such a half-baked reaction might dub this person "out to lunch." Such a daft reaction to a warning would never happen, right? Wrong. There are many who would become infuriated if someone were to warn them about their lost condition. Does their anger make any sense, especially when they are in danger of having to spend eternity in a most horrible place?

Would this decision leave us with a clear conscience?: We knew that a bridge had been washed away, yet we didn't warn anyone about it. As a result of our silence, several people were killed and several people were seriously injured. The survivors ask us why we didn't warn them and we say, "Well, we didn't want you to get upset." These people would (rightly) become indignant and dumbfounded at such a thoughtless, reckless decision involving the lives of others.

Who is responsible for telling others about God's approaching judgment, of God's eternal retribution for those who are lost? Are the lost going to warn each other about this place of extreme torment - Hades? Do angelfish have haloes? No. Those who are saved are to sound the alarm (witness) to the lost. Without the love and concern of the saved, there is little hope of redemption of the lost. Galatians 5:14

Let's say we are at a funeral and the parents of the deceased come up to us and angrily say, "Are you the dimwitted sap that caused the death of our son and daughter! Why didn't you warn them?" Would this answer soothe the parents' grieving hearts?: "Well, we thought they would get upset at us, so we didn't say anything."

What if no one ever warned anyone when unforeseen danger arose? Numbers of people would be killed and numbers of people would be injured, yet the worst (once again) would be this: What if no one warned the lost about a place in which there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth - eternally? Yes, warning someone from imminent danger is important, but warning someone about eternal perdition is most important of all.

We would be reckoned as woodenheaded lamebrains, if we became angry at someone who had warned us about a dangerous situation. If we became angry at someone who had warned us of future, eternal doom, we would be reckoned as being completely empty-headed lamebrains.

Has anyone who has been warned about his or her lost condition and who has then gotten saved ever said, "I wish I'd never gotten saved! Why did you tell me about Christ and His gift of eternal life? I'm so unhappy now that I know that I am going to be spending eternity in heaven." I John 5:13 Luke 5:13 How did those who are most happily saved get saved? By everyone remaining silent? How can we expect anyone to become most happily saved if everyone remains silent, if no one speaks words of warning to those who are lost? When someone's life is at stake and (especially) where one will be spending eternity, should we ever prescribe "Mum's the word?"

Ponder Matthew 5:29-30 Ezekiel 33:11 Matthew 13:41-42 II Peter 3:9 Matthew 18:7-9 Ezekiel 18:23,32 Mark 9:43-48 I Timothy 2:1-4

 

 

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