Leviticus 5:1 If a person sins because he does not speak up when he hears a public charge to testify regarding something he has seen or learned about, he will be held responsible.
An example of this can be found in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King when he said, “I am convicted by the Holy Spirit to speak up about racism. It’s a double sin to remain silent for racism is a sin and to not speak up about racism is a sin.”
There comes a time when silence is betrayal. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends…For evil to succeed, all it needs is for good men to do nothing.
Silence is agreement, so loving people speak up. Sometimes, it is easier to remain silent, but God has not called us to a path of least resistance. He wants us to speak up under the influence of His Spirit. Even if the words are hard and direct, God’s Spirit can deliver them in a loving manner.
Albert Orsborn voiced this in the verse and refrain of a hymn that said.
O is not the Christ ’midst the crowd of today,
Whose questioning cries do not cease?
And will He not show to the hearts that would know
The things that belong to their peace?
But how shall they hear if the preacher forbear
Or lack in compassionate zeal?
Or how shall hearts move with the Master’s own love,
Without His anointing and seal?
Except I am moved with compassion,
How dwelleth Thy Spirit in me?
In word and in deed
Burning love is my need;
I now know I can find it in Thee.