In historic times, odd things happen. The Acts of the Apostles have multiple miracles. In the normal scheme of things, the apostles would have been arrested by the authorities — and then quietly disappeared. This did not happen, because the Spirit was upon them.
The rulers were, in a Machiavellian sense correct. The apostles were speaking with power, and you don’t need that many people to overthrow those in power. They were thinking of this world: the Apostles were not.
I am here to tell you that the silent majority ain’t worth a spread of dog shit on a piece of stale white toast.
Many people are either bad at or ignorant of history. This leads them into false beliefs, such as this one about the worthiness of the good old silent majority. But take a look back in time at dramatic moments, and more often than not it was a comparative few who instigated the great upheavals. In every case the silent majority sat cowardly on the sidelines, hoping for things to turn out all right.
The 1917 Russian revolution is an excellent example of this. The original Bolsheviks numbered at just a couple of thousand men. That’s all it took to overthrow Russia. Or take the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. They spent their time living in the sticks while ambushing government forces. Their actual numbers were pitiful, yet in the end they overthrew the country.
Yes, you only need twelve. The apostles had so much power that the temple guards did not use force because they were afraid they would be stoned. This was driving the rulers of that time into a rage: particularly those who had nicely bound the Almighty in the Ark, and reduced the law to a minimalist legalism.
But our God is a consuming fire, and destroys error.
17 But the high priest rose up, and all who were with him (that is, the party of the Sadducees), and filled with jealousy 18 they arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20 “Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.” 21 And when they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and began to teach.
Now when the high priest came, and those who were with him, they called together the council and all the senate of the people of Israel and sent to the prison to have them brought. 22 But when the officers came, they did not find them in the prison, so they returned and reported, 23 “We found the prison securely locked and the guards standing at the doors, but when we opened them we found no one inside.” 24 Now when the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them, wondering what this would come to. 25 And someone came and told them, “Look! The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people.” 26 Then the captain with the officers went and brought them, but not by force, for they were afraid of being stoned by the people.
What is going to happen as the financial crisis increases is that those who have (to quote the prayer book) a godly, sober and upright life will be left standing, and those who have had a life of distraction and toys will lose their wealth (read debt) and be unable to stand.
And those who can’t stand will be jealous of those who live, though imperfectly, in concordance with wisdom and the fear of God.
It will be pagan lives matter real soon.
But in that time, as the shades of gray disappear, we will be left with two choices. Live for Christ, or align with the devil. The woke will demand our loyalty.
Bit we were never called to be them, or be like them. We were called instead to speak truth, and proclaim Christ as Lord.