I Will Not Be Silent

Acts 4:18-20 (ESV)
18 So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, 20 for l we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”

Peter and John here in this passage have just been told by the religious leaders of the day that they need to keep quiet about the miracle, through God's power, of Peter healing the crippled man. Note this is a "charge" not a request. Peter and John were basically just defending themselves in a court of law. So what do they do? They cannot keep silent.

So if you're told by the government, your school, your friends, your parents to stop telling people about Jesus... will you have the courage to stand up and say

I'm reminded of the chorus by David Crowder Band "Make A Joyful Noise/I Will Not Be Silent":

Make a joyful noise to the Lord all the earth
Flowers of the field are crying to be heard
The trees of the forest are singing
And all of the mountains with one voice
Are joining the chorus of this world
I will not be silent, I will not be quiet anymore.
I will not be silent, I will not be quiet anymore.
Running through the forest I dive into the lake
Bare feet on beaches white
Standing in the canyon with painted hills around
And the wind against my skin
Every ocean on tree
Every river every stream
Every mountain every tree
Every blade of grass will sing
Make a joyful noise to the Lord all the earth.

May we join with creation... in not being silent about the love and beauty of our King.

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