Monday, September 1, 2008

Is God Silent?

In the midst of strenuous circumstances like hurricanes, tsunamis, and other forms of tragedies, some people will ask the question, "Is God silent?"
However, if the church (the people of God called to live with purpose) is truly embracing our calling from God which is to represent him here on this earth; then maybe the question isn't, "Is God silent during difficult times?" but, "Is the church silent?"

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

"...if the church (the people of God called to live with purpose) is truly embracing our calling from God which is to represent him here on this earth; then maybe the question isn't, "Is God silent during difficult times?" but, "Is the church silent?"

I'm having trouble understanding the point (which is on me). If the church is embracing its calling, why would the question be, "Is the church silent?"

Brooks said...

Great Thought Josh! I appreciate your heart.

Josh Ross said...

Anonymous, good question.
If we are God's representatives on this earth (his mouth, hands, feet, etc.) then we must be able to speak words of hope, words of truth, and words of Jesus into circumstances and situations.
In the words of Paul, "God is making his appeal through us."

Dr. Phil said...

Too many times we are NOT silent, but rather shout loudly about things that are meaningless to those struck by pain and tragedy!

Josh Ross said...

Very true, Phil, great point. I'll need to save that for another post.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Josh. I completely agree with you. Still confused a little, though.

If we are speaking words of hope, truth, and Jesus into circumstances and situations, why would the world ask, "Is the church silent?"

James Wood said...

I have been thinking similar thoughts in light of current events. I wonder if God is silent in the face of tragedy. But we tend to interpret the silence as indifference and that is not the case at all.

Actually God is silently weeping at our pain when we will not call out for his voice. He is silently seething at our injustice when we will not seek his words as our standard for treating each other. God is quietly wounded and jealous by the way that we flee from him to every other cacophony instead of the still, small voice that can found if we would seek.