If a three year old called you an idiot, would you take offense? Most would not, they don’t seek approval from a three-year-old. They know the child does not know better.
Yet we still tell the child not to do that. We give the child correction.
So if it is not because someone was offended, then why do we correct the child?
Because we love the child, we want the child to be friendly and nice. If we don’t tell the child, then we have hated the child, neglected the child, even abused the child.
Spare the rod (gavel), spoil the child.
So it is not that I took it personal. It is not that I seek vengeance. It is not that I seek to feel good. It is that I seek to LOVE – to DO good!
When an adult does wrong and we do not exhort or rebuke we have hated them just as equally as we would have hated a child. We have hated by the mere ACT of silence. We have failed to love them. To hate in your heart is to be a murderer in your heart!
The problem with love is a child is open to correction and adults are not so much. And when it is an adult with power like the police, an emperor, or CPS – those close minded take offense and can turn into retaliation.
are holding grudges
they did to you”
Shall fear of retaliation influence me to choose to hate instead of choosing to love my neighbor as myself?
Think of the most seemingly impossible of situations. The 19-yr-old German conscripted into the Nazi army stationed to guard a concentration camp. If he exhorts his supervisor refusing to obey an immoral order he will be shot on site. (there is just such a person on trial this year for this very thing). Because he did not refuse he was then complicit in this evil. Yet in order to not be complicit is to choose death. And so the saying goes “there is no greater love than to lay down your life” you see for me, it is NOT just standing up for the Jew. It is loving my supervisor, giving him a chance to change as well. (I wonder how many young officers did refuse and WERE shot on site that we do not know.)
So if rebuking a cop would risk retaliation, isn’t that better than joining their sin? Or submitting to abuse? Yes it is true few will change from the rebuke. Many will say “you were foolish” but those same people agree with the saying “all it takes for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing”. And why do these good men do nothing? Is it sacrifice? No it is for selfish reasons. To what end? That I don’t let evil change me but that I over come evil with good. Shall I do evil to avoid war?
“a false peace is worse than war” – Tacitus
What of CPS? What if their retaliation – committing perjury – covered by the immunity of “good faith” causes my kids to be taken? Shall I justify hating the social worker (with silence or boot licking) claiming for the sake of my kids? What if I were that Nazi soldier and I was an only parent? To exhort my supervisor is to be shot on site orphaning my child! And yet 70yrs later I am put on trial for having been complicit because I chose to not orphan my child!!!
What an excuse to “allow evil to prevail by me saying nothing”. Speaking up is so bad??? No, yet it gets people killed. And cowards turn to self medicating (they becomes friends of Bob).
For the sake of the child seems noble but it is still a crime! (Remember the Nazis are tried under Natural law. 😉
If a criminal is given a prison sentence can he rightly say “The judge has taken a father from a child?” No! He did this to his child. And so if authority retaliates and unjustly out of ego takes a child the father has not done this – the evil person has. Shall I be in fear and so not do what is right out of fear? Shall I justify it, self medicating by calling it the lesser of two evils? (which is to choose and do an evil)
Or shall I have faith? That my God will not allow my child to be taken unless He knew it would be used for good?
I am heavenly minded. I am laying up treasure in heaven and not earth. This means I guard my serenity/sanity/sobriety. It is not I who caused my kids to be taken by retaliation, is the lie of the social worker (in this hypothetical situation) that caused it.
For the sake of sanity (sobriety*) one needs to do right and not choose selfishly. For in choosing selfishly he in the long run harms himself seeking later in life to self medicate the psychological injuries inflicted by the unjust acts – even the acts that were labeled at the time “Nobel”.
The parable of the “Emperor wears no clothes” is that a child was loving enough and fearless enough to tell the Emperor. For no one else was selfless enough to say a word! Those who are cowards will dismiss this and self medicate by saying “the child was naive”.
“silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act” – Deitrich Bonhoeffer
You see this adult is not just an offender but a victim. A victim of their ego! If I don’t speak not only have I failed to love them I have chosen to oppress them!!!
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” -Desmond Tutu
You see – silence IS retaliation! Silence IS vengeance and personal!!!
Not all have eyes to see and ears to hear!
*by sober I mean not living a fallacy, a delusion.
Tacitus: a senator and a historian of the Roman Empire. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tacitus
Deitrich: Bonhoeffer a German pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietrich_Bonhoeffer