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To speak or stay silent: Christian courage today


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On this day some 2,000 years ago, Christ rode into Jerusalem amid shouts of Hosanna and praise. Those who honored Him laid their coats in His path, and tears of adoration were undoubtedly shed as the Spirit surely testified, "This is the Son of God."

The question would well be asked, then: As Christ was mocked, smitten, and judged by men to be either freed or crucified, where were all those who earlier that week shouted Hosanna? Did they stay home, afraid? Or were they there, yet said nothing? And if they were there, why did they not make their voices heard to Pilate that He should be released to them?

Today, we are confronted with similar situations. In day-to-day conversations, truth is trampled on by those do not realize what they do, or worse, by those who know full well. When friends or co-workers call evil good and good evil, valor requires that we courageously stand up for Christ. As Bishop Foster of the Parkwood ward, Fort Collins stake, pointed out, "If we cower and stay silent, the only voice that will be heard in these situations is the voice of the enemy."

The Spirit will guide us in the manner and timing in which we speak, but we must act. Yet, in some situations, the best action to take is to not speak. Elder Robert D. Hales explained, "As the Savior demonstrated with Herod, sometimes true disciples must show Christian courage by saying nothing at all...By arguments and accusations, some people bait us to leave the high ground. The high ground is where the light is. It’s where we see the first light of morning and the last light in the evening. It is the safe ground. It is true and where knowledge is. Sometimes others want us to come down off the high ground and join them in a theological scrum in the mud. These few contentious individuals are set on picking religious fights, online or in person. We are always better staying on the higher ground of mutual respect and love."

As a Christian you must be bold, whether the situation calls for speaking or for silence. And you must be willing to stand for the truth with both armor and sword, willing to leave friends that pull you down, and lift friends that need to be buoyed up.

If you would like to know more about the LDS faith, you can visit Mormon.org or call the local full-time missionaries in Fort Collins at (970) 631-2311.

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