Sometime during my middle teen years, I became aware of groups of people who felt a need to protest. Because we had yet to purchase a TV, I only ‘heard’ about the marches. There were anti-war protests, P.E.T.A. protests, anti-nuclear protests, anti-global cooling protests (yes, at one time global cooling was all the rage and a ‘hot’ button issue), anti-prayer in school protests, anti-whaling protests, anti-government protests and the like. Men ran to Canada to escape the American Army draft. Women burned articles of clothing in protest. Farmers poured milk down the drain in protest of poor milk prices. It was really ‘protest ad nauseam’.
Despite the rationale given to promote each march, all protesters had this one motive in common: ‘an unjust circumstance existed that they intended to correct using all of their available resources’.
Much effort and expense has always been expended in order to ‘right’ perceived ‘wrongs’.
Without appraising each march or arguing the propriety of each effort, one thought has often recurred to me: WHY HASN’T ANYONE EVER PROTESTED THE INJUSTICE OF GOVERNMENTS PUTTING PRISONERS IN A PRISON CAMP ON THE PLANET JUPITER?
You say, ‘now wait a minute, pastor. Have you lost your mind? That’s a stupid thought.’ To which I say, ‘Is it?’ To which you say, ‘Of course it is’! To which I say, ‘Ok, Ok, it is’.
So what’s the point. Just this–NO ONE PROTESTS THAT WHICH, TO THEM, IS UNREAL. And there’s the point. A protester only protests that which is a real circumstance that, to them, is so important that it deserves their attention and intentions. Only ‘real’ issues deserve the investment of time, talent, tissue and treasure. And that’s the reason no one is protesting the use of Jupiter as a prison camp site. It’s not real!
Now, consider this: What’s the reason atheists protest anything God? Why do people react so vehemently to the use of the Bible in school? Why do people want to stop prayer in public gatherings? Well, we know the answer–BECAUSE– God, the Bible and prayer are REAL. And people of rebellion are extremely uncomfortable around the ‘realness’ of God, the Bible and prayer.
So, whenever you feel the pressure of opinion against your faith, even if it comes from within yourself, remember this: people only protest what is real. In such a case, dissenters deserve our prayers and concern and God deserves our fidelity. Let’s faithfully and lovingly live out Romans 12:16-21 all for the glory of God.