1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 "Son of man, speak to your countrymen and say to them: 'When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, 3 and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, 4 then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not take warning and the sword comes and takes his life, his blood will be on his own head. 5 Since he heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning, his blood will be on his own head. If he had taken warning, he would have saved himself. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.' (Ezekiel 33:1-6) (NIV)
Are we not all watchmen? Would you blow the trumpet to warn your neighbors of the dangers of sin? Isnít it better to tell them the truth than to have their blood on your hands? We need to quit candy coating the truth, making it better to swallow. If you love someone wouldnít you tell them strait up? Or would you nudge them gently hoping they will figure it out on their own. We need to use wisdom when sounding the trumpet of warning! We want to blow it at the sin not at the person. Under no circumstances should we blow the horn of conviction, this would be wrong and push them further away. Jesus drew a line in the sand to warn us not to throw stones.
We live in a society that accepts marriages of the same gender, couples living together out of wedlock. The jezebel spirit is running rampant in the world. Today there is more single parent than ever. The young men want the sex without the marriage covenant. The marriage beds are being defiled everyday. And this is going on in our families as well as those running after the pleasures of the flesh.. Homosexuality is now accepted by some churches and the worldly news love plastering this on the covers of their publications.
When are we going to pull our heads from the sand? Do you love your family enough to speak up when they have strayed? How about your neighbor? Are we not to love are neighbor as ourselves? There is no gray area in the word of God. Itís all black or white, light or darkness. We need to stop straddling the fence. What side of the fence are you on? Are you going to blow the trumpet in time? Or are your hands going to be blood soaked from silence?
I would rather take forty tongue lashings with the rod of correction than to be sentenced to death by your silence!
Jesus son of God, give us the discernment to see the warning signs, the courage to blow the horn of admonishment, and the wisdom to present it with love. Amen.