DO NOT YIELD TO PRESSURE TO SPEAK ON EVERY PUBLIC ISSUE
Almost everyday when you come on social media or go on the MSM, there is one issue or the other trending over which people are tearing out their hair and flinging dust in the air. I’m not implying by these imageries that these issues are never important. I’m just painting a picture of how expressive folks are with their outrage.
Then as this is going on, some people take it upon themselves to call out those who haven’t weighed in. The idea is that anyone with a platform and some form of influence must speak strongly on every matter that arises, otherwise they are supporting evil or injustice.
First of all, I’d like to say that as Christians, our first instinct should not be to judge matters or even say anything without praying about them and receiving direction from God. Speaking in the heat of the moment or based on media reports is not always the best response to whatever is going on in the world.
Don’t allow the media to whip you into a frenzy over anything.
The anger of man does not accomplish the righteousness of God, the Bible says, and our primary desire should be for God’s will and righteousness, not for the world’s or the media’s definition of social justice. The Bible also says that those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
So until the Lord tells you what to say, steer clear of every controversy. If He tells you to sit an issue out, do not give in to pressure to make a statement no matter the kind of threat or blackmail used. In fact, be sensitive enough to stay away from the media when God asks you to. Your first duty is to God, not to men. And you will not miss anything you’ll regret, you’ll only be saving yourself from stuff you may not have the grace to handle or endure.
Although you may have a voice and you earnestly want to use it for good, things are not always what they seem and you are not the only voice. There are issues that God has put a burden on some people’s hearts about and He has been speaking to them about it. When those issues appear on the front burner of public discourse, they will be better equipped to address them. Your role may just be to listen and possibly share what they say.
Do not try to stay relevant by jumping into every fray that occurs. Otherwise, you may say something that furthers the devil’s agenda in your fleshly effort to do good. But keep your prayer altar hot and cry to God about matters that emerge and those He burdens your heart with.
People often forget the power of prayer in today’s world where everyone wants to answer the roll call on social media and in the MSM. Don’t give in to that temptation.
May the Lord bless you continually as you serve Him and humanity through the power of communication, whether you’re a Christian minister, artiste, citizen journalist, blogger, podcaster, social media influencer or whatever. Amen in Jesus’ name.
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