Aaron Pennington – Queen Creek Campus Pastor
Have you ever been in one of those situations where someone said something extreme or controversial and you disagreed with it 100%? It could have been a comment about parenting, marriage, God, or maybe even a judgmental comment about another person. Have you ever wondered what happens when we do not speak up? What happens when the person who made the comment leaves, but they do not know where you stand? Is it possible that you silently affirmed what they just said by not speaking up and challenging them on their comment? Let us chat for a second on this principle. Now, let me be clear that I do not believe you need to speak up every time you disagree with what someone says. However, what if they make a statement that could be detrimental to their life, their faith, their family, or maybe even someone else’s life? As a pastor it is very common for me to pick up on an unhealthy comment that someone makes about God. These comments that I hear have the ability to leave someone with an inaccurate view of who God really is. I quickly discern if my silence on the subject could affirm what the person has just said and then I choose whether or not to speak up or just let it go (anyone just think of the movie Frozen). Sometimes our silence can be very damaging because people may leave the conversation thinking that you agreed with them, for the simple reason that you did not speak up. I have to admit, it can be very intimidating and even tricky to know when you should speak up, which is why we need to pay close attention to this issue.
I will leave this with you and the Spirit to decide when you should or should not speak up. Just remember, your silence has the potential to affirm thoughts that could be very damaging, so be wise in your silence.