Sunday, January 20, 2013

In The Face of a Bad Review, Criticism, or Assumptions, What is a Christian to do?

When you put your work out there, your heart really and then get it trampled, it can be a painful experience.  You doubt yourself, you doubt your vocation, and sometimes even humanity itself when it gets downright dirty.

As Christian Authors we have a responsibility, don't we?  To represent Jesus, live a certain way, and to abstain from evil.

What did Jesus do when faced with accusations of falsehood?



Luke 23:8-11

Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see Him, because he had heard many things about Him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by Him.  Then he questioned Him with many words, but He answered him nothing.  And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused Him.  Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate.
  
Who were Jesus' accusers?  Not just the ruler of the day, but "the chief priests and scribes".  The accusers in our lives, as the bible states about these end times, will most likely come not from the secular world, but from within the Christian ranks.
 
The sound of silence can be deafening.  The sound of silence can be louder than any protest and louder than the verbal accusations.

It can right wrongs.  It speaks for itself.  In itself, there is humility and seeds of justice.

Silence can cause the one hearing it to reflect back on their own words as they hang there unanswered and echo across time to confront not the perceived wrong, but their own harsh judgements. 

What was the result of Jesus' silence?  More accusations, from the priests and scribes, standing ones at that.  Then Herod and his men treated him with contempt and lay a robe over him to further mock him.     

Isaiah 53:7

He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.


The price of silence is pride.

Ecclesiastes 7:8
The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.

Proverbs 29:23
A man's pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.

Proverbs 11:2
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. 

Is there a time to speak up?  

In 2 Corinthians 12:19-20 , Paul writes: 

Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you?  We have been speaking in the sight of God as those in Christ; and everything we do, dear friends, is for your strengthening.  For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be.  I fear that there may be discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder.

Speak in the sight of God if you choose to open your mouth, but let it be for the strengthening of your brother or sister in Christ and not your pride.

May God bless you and strengthen your heart as you bear it wide for the world to see to the glory of Jesus and for the love of the written word.  

Click here to read 1 Peter 4 for further encouragement.

2 comments:

  1. Oh, yeah, it can be ugly out there. My first book came out the end of 2009, and I learned the harsh reality of what awaits an author. Employing Godly wisdom is always a Christian author's best defense. :)

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    1. Thanks for your insight and for leaving a comment, Shawn. :)

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