Freedom to do…..nothing

Posted: April 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

There is constant media coverage of Christians fighting for religious freedom in America, but the only freedom it seems we want to embrace is the freedom to show others what we stand against, not who we stand for.

I see reports, almost daily, of Christians in other countries being beheaded, burned alive, beaten to death or drowned for their faith and their unwillingness to renounce Christ in the face of these dangers.

I see our brothers and sisters in China hiding in underground churches, just to worship our God. They have to smuggle God’s word just to read it. I’ve seen videos of Chinese Christians clutching Bibles, crying and kissing them. I’ve read stories of how Bibles are so scarce that they each tear out a page of the Bible and protect it with their life.

I read about imprisoned pastors facing torture and death for their unwavering commitment to spreading the gospel.

Our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ do not share the same religious freedoms we have and from what I’ve witnessed, maybe that’s a good thing.

We have the freedom to read our Bibles. We do not have to share one Bible among 100 people. Bibles are found in abundance here in America. We have “Christian” bookstores dedicated to just selling Bibles and books about Jesus.

We have the freedom to wake up every Sunday morning, put on our best clothes and drive to our beautiful church buildings, hidden in plain sight.  We even advertise our services in the local newspapers.

We have the freedom to pray whenever we want to, wherever we want to without fear of death.

We have the freedom to meet weekly in our favorite public coffee shop with a few of our friends and enjoy a Bible study and drink overpriced lattes and eat cake pops.

We have the freedom to share our faith with our family, our friends and our co workers without fear of being dragged into the street and stoned to death.

We have the freedom to feed the poor and help widows and orphans.

We have the freedom to visit those in prison and share the message of redemption.

We have the freedom to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.

We have the freedom to love everyone, even those who disagree with our beliefs and try to take away our freedoms.

We have much in the way of religious freedom and we have the freedom to practice them.

Sadly we have a freedom that we tend to practice more than all the others. The freedom to do nothing

In the parable of the talents, Jesus described a man who did nothing. When he received his Lord’s money, he “went and dug in the earth, and hid his Lord’s money” (Matthew 25:18). When his Lord returned, he returned to the Lord just what he had been given (Matthew 25:25). Notice, the servant did not do any outright evil, such as stealing the money, but then neither did he do anything good. He did nothing and he got nothing good accomplished. Jesus said he was a “wicked and slothful servant” (Matthew25:26).

Matthew 25:18-30

18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)

Do something

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Comments
  1. dianaflegal says:

    Very good word. Definitely true. Surely a day is coming when we will be on our knees as a people and clutching the word of God to our breasts. I’d rather do it now and impact those around me than later when some will be lost.

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