While reading up on this topic it came to me that we have another danger among us just as menacing, silence. I’ve lived long enough to say that people will stand by silent and watch you make the biggest mistake in your life. I have seen people keep secrets from people who could help alter the lives of others in the worst of circumstances. This can be seen in the example of a crime being committed in a neighborhood when a crowd is gathered nearby: no one will stand up and break the silence to convict the perpetrators. Worst yet, are those who keep the silence in family about generational curses, from diseases, mental illness, or abuse.
Countless times in my life, I’d be discussing the outcome of a situation with someone and they say, oh, I knew that, only to discover I was the only one who didn’t know. They watched the person’s life fall apart without saying anything to anyone who could help.
Silence is one of the most effective traps used by enemy of our soul. He gets pleasure when we watch someone destroying their lives through inappropriate behaviors and say nothing. . I wonder if we understand that, by the law of God and man, accessories to the crime deserving punishment. As the blood of Able cried before God, so does the blood of those who are destroyed because of our silence.
I understand too well, how the shame of being a victim can cause us to fall silent. I want to let you know there is a victory and cleansing in speaking out. Breaking the silence breaks the power of the situation over our lives, leads us in the direction to get help, and often helps others avoid the same pitfalls. Bad things happen to good people.
It’s not wise to tell everyone everything that goes on in our lives, but when debilitating things happen, search out the right people to share it with.
Not only should we be aware of what we do say but we should also be aware of the impact of what we don’t say. Someone’s life, even our own, could weigh in the balance of our silence.