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.

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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.

(First published on Facebook- Edith Ugochi Ohaja and Aunty Edith on June 5, 2020.)

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I am a university lecturer. I teach Mass Communication, mostly writing courses like Feature and Interpretative Writing, Magazine Article Writing and News Writing, and let’s just say I’ve been doing this for a long time. As you have probably guessed, I am a born-again Christian.
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13 thoughts on “DO NOT YIELD TO PRESSURE TO SPEAK ON EVERY PUBLIC ISSUE

  1. Thank you so much Ma. This piece is very timely. Most times, some people do not even have enough facts to back up certain claims and assertions they spit out. Calming down and thinking deep is always the best rather than jumping up to be “a social media activist”.

    • Glad to hear from you, Oby! And you’re right. That is why the Bible says we should be quick to listen but slow to speak and get angry. Stay blessed, my dear!

  2. Facts! Most times we jump to comment on one thing or the other. Probably to stay relevant on social media but it’s wrong. We should pray about it because there is power in prayer and take directions from God. Our priority is God not Man!
    Thank you very much ma for this writing, it explains a whole lot of things ❤️🙏🏻

  3. As Christians we should be sensitive enough to know when to stop. In this writing I am taught not to yield to pressure to speak on every public issue. We should pray about it and get directives from God. Thanks for this ma.

  4. Good Morning ma, just the other day I had to force myself out of Facebook since it seemed every post was screaming “Gloria comment on Me ” as I scrolled through the feed. Thank you for this post. Social Media is a platform where one can stand for something but not all at a time. You know I Love you right? I miss you so much as well. ❣❣❣❣❣❣❣❣❣❣❣❣

    • Love you too, Gloria! We need to remind ourselves of who we are and not lose our heads over the daily commotion on social media. Happy Sundsy and much blessings to you in Jesus’ name.

  5. This is very true. Sometimes all we need to do is just observe, pray about the situation if need be and continue scrolling. Not everything needs an input, calmness in all situations is very vital. Thank you so much ma for this. I miss you so much!

  6. Amen! What you shared is so true. We really need wisdom so as to discern when and how to speak as Christians. We also need to know when to be silent. Thank you so much Ma for sharing this. May the Lord help us to be constantly reminded of this scripture —“Whatever you do in WORD or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ” (Colossians 3:17).

  7. A lot has been happening, there has been outrage on a whole lot of issues on social media. As much as it is important to speak on them to show our support or where we stand, it is also right that we have a full understanding about the social discourse before commenting on it. It is tempting to take a side but it is wiser to understand what it is about. It is important to stop ourselves from commenting just because we have to.

  8. Not just on various social media platforms but during several group discussions, people speak on issues they have basically no knowledge of leading to more harm than good.

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