October 21 – Treasonous Words


That kind of talk will undermine the morale of the few fighting men we have left, as well as that of all the people. This man is a traitor!
(Jeremiah 38:4)

Read: Jeremiah 37:1-38:28, 1 Timothy 6:1-21, Psalm 89:38-52, Proverbs 25:28

Relate: He was not planning to be a lone voice against an incredibly popular issue. As a Christian conservative, his vote was the only one that would have been cast against the resolution. When it became so blatantly obvious that, like lemmings off a cliff, virtually everybody else was all for going to war in Vietnam, Eugene Siler chose not to seek reelection. He went from being known as an upstanding Christian and a man promoting good old fashioned family values to a traitor simply because he stuck to his convictions.

Jeremiah found himself in a similar spot. Everyone in leadership was a hawk. Everyone else advising the king to resist the enemy. Jeremiah was one of the only voices of truth. God had placed the Babylonians in authority. Israel as a nation was under judgment and the best any individual could do was submit to them and refuse to fight with King Zedekiah and the army. Jeremiah’s words were from God and they were truth… they were also treason. These words landed him in prison and were the death of one of his contemporaries (Zechariah).

React: I pray to God that I will never have to be put into a position that godly obedience will mean treason, imprisonment, or martyrdom. I pray even more that if such time comes I will have the courage to speak truth boldly. As it is, there are times when proclaiming truth will put us in opposition to popular culture. There are times when godly obedience can and must equate to civil disobedience. It might mean taking a stand where everyone else takes a seat. It might mean taking a knee where everyone else stands. If a commitment to truth means treason to the State… let me a traitor be.

Respond:

Dear God,
You alone are worthy of all glory. You alone are worthy of my loyalty. You alone are the one I depend on. You alone. Help me to be so devoted to You that if… no, when, You call me to speak out against injustice, evil, or the godlessness of the society I live in, I will speak unquestioningly. Let there be no divided loyalty. Let my voice bring honor to You no matter what others might call it.
Amen

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6 thoughts on “October 21 – Treasonous Words

  1. This is a very appropriate post for the times we are presently living in. Considering the current state of America, I’d say we are now living in times where Truth is at odds with culture. Christians need to decide if they want to be popular or if they want to please God.

  2. Great post! As Christians, we are forever faced with the choice of being “cool” with the world or being in a relationship with God. We continue to be pulled away from God, but we need to hold on to Him because He is our Protector and our Provider. WilderSoul and KSean are absolutely right!

  3. To speak the truth of The Word even within the confine of the Church, the body of believers makes you out to be a Judas, then imagine the world! Well, we have to rather obey the voice of God rather than men to be true to ourselves and to God. Reposted on facebook pls. Thanks.

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