A Time for Silence

This entry is part 55 of 73 in the series 2015

Nov 21, 2015

A Time for Silence

Ruth

Why does the Disciple have to learn to be silent in the face of that which is evil?

JJ

DK is not saying that we should give into evil. He gave out strong words of resistance to Hitler and was against pacifism. Note carefully his words:

The disciple must learn to be silent in the face of that which is evil. He must learn to be silent before the sufferings of the world, wasting no time in idle plaints and sorrowful demonstration, but lifting up the burden of the world; working, and wasting no energy in talk. … expressing the love force of the world, as it may flow through him, where it will serve best to ease a load or lift a burden,

A problem with many disciples is that they waste a lot of time focusing on things that they can do nothing about. They waste many hours fretting over the evils in the world as well as the suffering, yet doing nothing about them and doing little to help in areas where they have power to help. The disciple must learn to tune out the negativity in the world which is beyond his control and focus on that which is within his control.

DK also notes another instance where it is wise for the disciple to be silent in the face of evil. He tells us that many disciples have brought upon themselves unnecessary persecution because they sharply criticized authorities. There is a time and place for such criticism, but some will get themselves imprisoned, fined or executed when a wise silence would have bought them more time to effectively serve.

Jesus also spoke of this principle:

Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

Matt 5:25

Being a martyr can be a good thing if something significant is accomplished, but it is a terrible waste if it is all for nothing.

Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.

Bil Keane

Copyright 2015 by J J Dewey

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