There are times when silence is not an option.
[You will be happy to know that this post has nothing to do with the political moment we are in as a nation.]
Times that are so important, so momentus, so colossally pregnant with power, that to not speak up is to be a lipless and insensate as a rock.
Indeed, there are times when even rocks cannot be silent.
They move almost as if they had breathe and shake at the presence of something older, holier, more present and more real than rock.
Isaiah spoke of mountains of rock quaking at the presence of God (Isaiah 64:3-5). He reminded Israel that the One who stunned mountains into awareness of His nearness was the One (the only One) who could be counted on to keep His promises. He is the One “who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.” Jesus spoke of one such moment.
“I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”
What was the event that called out such a statement from the Savior of the world?
It was the occasion of His entry into Jerusalem to offer Himself as the Messianic King of Israel. It was the moment that the Apostle Paul, speaking of the whole Christ’s life, would later say . . .
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
To keep silent at such times is an offense against all that is decent, loving and true. Perhaps a better way to understand and translate Luke 19:40 would be