Speak Evil of No Man?
Titus 3:1-2, “Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.”
I recently heard a preacher of a very large church foolishly state that it's wrong to criticize President Obama for any reason. The pastor used the Biblical text, “speak evil of no man” from Titus 3:2. Unfortunately he took the verse out of context. The Bible does not prohibit Christians from speaking out against evil; but rather, not speaking evil.
If that wayward preacher is correct, then our founding fathers sinned against God by criticizing, mocking and rebelling against the harsh tyranny of the British authorities in the early colonies. Did our founding fathers do something wrong by speaking out against the evils being afflicted upon them by the British? Of course not!
There would be no United States of America today if it were not for the fighting resistance of our founding fathers against the governing authorities over them. They not only spoke evil of their leaders, they defeated them in combat!
Is it wrong to speak evil of Adolf Hitler? Hitler's war machine murdered an estimated 4 to 6 million Jews. Good Germans remained quite, while the trains rolled by going to Auschwitz. Were they really good Germans in God's eyes? Psalm 94:16 commands us to stand up against tyranny and evil doers. Ephesians 5:11 commands us to refute all works of darkness. The Bible NEVER teaches for us to lay down as Christians and accept tyranny, blatant government crimes and theft, nor to support Communist leaders who break all their campaign promises.
During the Russian Revolution, millions of Russians went into the Gulag slaves camps, never to return home again. Millions froze to death in the Siberian Arctic. While children played in the streets and life went about as usual, 15% of the population (political subversives, petty criminals, undesirables) eventually made their way, quietly and secretly (often by kidnapping), into the gulag detention centers to be worked to death. Tens-of-millions starved and froze to death under dictator Joseph Stalin (1920-1950). We ought not let these atrocities be forgotten, because history always repeats itself. Silence isn't golden, it is cowardly. Sadly, America has become the land of the cowards and the home of the slaves.
What is wrong with that pastor? He is teaching his congregation of 10,000 people every Sunday that they should blindly support Obama. Obama is for abortion and infanticide. Obama is for homosexuality and expanding adoption rights to gays. Obama appointed the founder of GLSEN to head the Safe Schools Program. Come on! How can you support such a leader? To claim that it is wrong to speak out against such evils is crazy. At what point does a Christian have a Biblical duty or right to stand up against tyranny and speak out against evil? Immediately!
Titus 3:1-2 simply teaches us not to be slanderers, critics nor gossipers. God does not want us to be railers as Christians. We are all sinners and ought not condemn others for the sins in their lives. That is Biblical. However, when a leader takes OUR money and sends OUR young people to die in a bogus war, using OUR name, it is OUR business. We are taxpayers! It is our legal Bill of Rights (the First Amendment) to freedom of religion, speech, press, to peaceably assemble and petition. We are exercising our lawful rights. Moreover, our Bill of Rights only outlines our God given rights as human beings. If we don't stand for what is right, then evil men will prevail.
Proverb 28:15, “As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.”
Proverb 29:12, “If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.”
Romans 13 plainly speaks about obeying good government . . .
Romans 13:3, “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same.”
So what about rulers who are a terror? What about naked body scanners? What about taking American's guns away? What about forced vaccinations? What about the 23.7 trillion stolen dollars by the Federal Reserve? Our money is being confiscated and given to abortionists, Communists and homosexuals. Are you ok with that? Only a fool would teach that Christians ought to bow down and tolerate tyranny, abuse and corruption.
2nd Peter2:9-12, “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption.”
Again, the Bible does not prohibit Christians from speaking out against evil; but rather, not speaking evil.
The Bible teaches in Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Yet sometimes our battle is also physical. Our founding fathers came to the place where they had no other choice, become total slaves or revolt. It was U.S. President, John F. Kennedy, who truly said . . .
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
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