Many professing Christians have been taught that we shouldn’t talk about certain issues in the church. Particularly issues related to leadership, spiritual abuse, sexual abuse, financial corruption, and other serious spiritual matters.
Some professing Christians have been taught that instead of talking about these issues, we should “just pray and keep quiet.”
We should definitely pray about serious issues in the church. But it is wrong to think that our only response should be to “just pray” and say nothing.
When we look to the example of our Savior Jesus Christ, He didn’t always “just pray and keep quiet.” There were in fact many instances when the Lord spoke openly and publicly about spiritual issues within the nation of Israel and among His disciples.
The prophets and apostles also spoke openly and publicly about spiritual issues within the nation of Israel, within the body of Christ, and in the world at large.
Granted, there may be times when the proper response is to pray and hold our peace. But there will also be times when the proper response is to pray, talk about it, and take other actions. There is a time to keep silent and a time to speak (Ecclesiastes 3:7).
“Just pray and keep quiet” reminds me of the street slogan “stop snitchin.”
Both phrases enforce a code of silence and suppress the truth.
Both phrases enable damaging and destructive behavior, and perpetuate unhealthy and dangerous environments.
Just like people in the hood think they’re being “true to the streets” by “not snitchin,” many professing Christians think they’re being true to God by “just praying and keeping quiet.”
But there comes a time when silence is betrayal.
Silence is betrayal when people are being deceived, misled, abused, and exploited under the cloak of “Christianity.”
Remaining silent about corruption and claiming that you are “just praying and leaving it up to God” makes you a participant in the act and a guilty party.
By refusing to speak out, lift a finger, and take action — you empower wrong-doing and contribute to the problem through the sin of omission (knowing the right thing to do and not doing it). This makes you partly responsible and God will hold you accountable for doing nothing.
Professing Christians must stop being “librarian Christians” who tell others to “just pray and keep quiet.” Let’s follow the example of our Savior who prayed and spoke the truth in love.
“Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” (Isaiah 58:1)
“What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops.” (Matthew 10:27)