Recently as I was reading God's Word and thinking about all that is going on around us, this thought came to mind and I used the notes on my phone to get the thought down and here it is-
The loudest voice is not always the right voice. We have all known people who had a loud voice yet what they said made no sense or was in deference to our beliefs or thoughts. The loud voice is the unhinged, incoherent voice that projects hate, is vile, and uninterested in another view or thought.
Thus, throughout history when people have confronted a loud voice, the voice that made no sense or was not in line with their beliefs or thoughts, they would simply ignore that person's voice on the matter. They may still speak and even have a relationship even though they had no common ground.
So what happened and why is it now wrong to disagree with someone? We see and hear about it every day and it is destroying mankind, our country, and our world. If I don't have the same beliefs or thoughts as another, I choose to just accept that we disagree and move on. I would hope to continue the relationship however, that is their decision to make. I have made mine and we are fine and I agree to disagree.
I have learned that agreeing to disagree and then continuing to go forward doesn't work for everybody. I can tell you it works for me but it doesn’t work for everybody. So they would get mad and end the relationship. What a shame and what a loss because then it will never be known what God had planned to happen. Listen, we have all messed up God‘s plan, gotten in the way of His Spirit by quenching and grieving His work in our life. This is where you will say “I didn’t mean to do it” and that‘s true but you still did it.
Now that is where the thought caught in a note ended. So, as I have read again what I noted I have considered some additional thoughts and come to some conclusions. Certainly, I have not solved the problem or developed a prescription to heal the ills. I have though come to some clarity in several areas and reaffirmed some I already held.
In Luke 23:23 NKJV we read-
...they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified. And the voices of these men and of the chief priests prevailed.
Luke 23 provides the accounting of Jesus being handed over to Pontius Pilate, then His facing Herod, where this verse comes is where Barabas is set free and He is sentenced, to the crucifixion, death, and burial.
It is important to understand here that Jesus' death and resurrection had been determined in the beginning by God. It was not because of loud voices that He died. However, they were the loud voices of the day that showed that man has no ability or capacity to do the right things. This is a sad scenario and indictment against man.
We have not gotten better, but we have become worse in our loud voice that thinks it knows what is the right thing to do. We are seeing this played out every day. Personally, I have no need of listening to and am not swayed by the loud voice. I have a loud voice and I use it. Speaking in public settings often without but at times with amplification. I will loudly tell you that Jesus Christ is the only hope you have for an eternal life in Heaven with God. I will not be hateful, vile, or uninterested in another view. Rather in love, with respect even to the incorrect view affirm my Savior and Lord. If I could make the decision for someone to come to Christ, I would but that is not my ability. So whatever they decide is their decision to live with here, and if it does not change for eternity.
I wish I could tell you that everyone I have ever introduced to Jesus has accepted Him as their Savior. Sadly I know that it is not true. Some I knew right then and some I never knew for sure and won't know probably until I get to glory. We all need to not be a loud voice that projects hate, is vile, and uninterested in another view or thought. Rather in love, a voice that with respect even to the incorrect view affirm our Savior and Lord.
This is a critical time in history because there is only a short time before Christ will be sent by God to take His church, the bride out of here. I say this because of what Scripture tells us and we can understand Christ's return. Only God knows when that day will be and without a doubt is closer now than when Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 4. Paul begins in verse 13 to encourage those who were concerned about others who had died and he told them-
1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 ESV
13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.
14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.
16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
You have probably heard this statement before and I know my father would say it on occasion "this world and one more". So true for all of mankind but the real question is in what world will you spend your eternity?
Today you can ask Jesus to be your Savior just as Paul describes in his letter to the Christians in Rome.
Romans 10:9-10 ESV
9 ...if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth, one confesses and is saved.
If you today asked Jesus to be your Savior how about letting us know. Send us an email with your contact information to info@ElbertNasworthy.com and will contact you about the decision you have made.
In God's Grace,