Luke’s account of Jesus entering Jerusalem found in chapter nineteen seems to apply so perfectly to our world today. As with all things in life, the Bible will guide us to God’s perfect truth.
When he came near the place where the road goes down in the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest! Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples!’ ‘I tell you’ he replied, ‘if they keep quiet the stones will cry out.’Luke 19: 37-40
When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey a prophecy was fulfilled, and the people cheered thinking they were welcoming a king to save them from an oppressive government. The Pharisees (the most legalistic of the crowd), thinking the people were being sacreligious shouted that Jesus should not allow his followers to shout.
At that moment Jesus instructed the Pharisees that if he told the people to be quiet, the stones would have to shout because what was coming was so magnificent. Of course the Pharisees (I just love them. Who hasn’t been a Pharisee sometime in their life?) were more concerned about a challenge to their power and authority. Nor did they want the Roman army to descend upon them.
It was best that the people just be quiet.
Jesus was referring to the coming reign of a new king as his life’s ministry and mission would come to an end with his death and resurrection which would usher in God’s eternal kingdom. This is such a marvelous, miraculous occasion that all God’s creation would shout with joy. If people were silenced, then the stones of the earth would take over. The Pharisees only saw what was right in front of them.
How Does This Apply To Us Today?
And by “us” I mean any person of faith that sees the oppression of the elite ruling class, the evil and the destruction around us but has become fearful of standing up. Who wants to be spat upon, cursed at, or worse? I am an introvert by nature so marching in the streets and facing down an angry mob sends me into an anxiety attack of epic proportions. I don’t think that is the only way to speak up. What can a single person do? What am I doing? I’ll tell you.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your family and friends. Even this is not easy for me as many in my family are not believers and think I am crazy for thinking the way that I do. I know I am not alone. But prayerfully seek God and then look for opportunities to offer little seeds of wisdom. Remember what God can do with something as small as a mustard seed? Then keep these people in prayer. God will take it from there.
In the world, be the heart, hands and feet of Jesus. Be kind. Be helpful. Say little blessings over people – especially the grumpy ones. Smile at everyone you meet. If an unexpected conversation begins with someone, look for ways to share how you are dealing with the chaos. For example, the Covid 19 virus, I am surrounded by people who are hysterical over this and fearful of all human contact. I, by comparison, am quite easy going. So, when it comes up I simply say something like this, “Oh, I wear the mask when indoors or around a large group but take it off as soon as I am in the open air; I wash my hands and use sanitizer, but then I leave the rest to God. He’s got me covered.” Without preaching to them I just show that I do my part and then am confident God will protect me no matter what happens.
I will not accept the status quo and I do not accept the narrative that what is seen on the news is representative of the majority of the country. While some are clawing and scratching for power, I am convinced there are millions of ordinary people who see what I see and feel as I do. If we don’t talk to each other and others we will remain feeling isolated and hopeless.
Right now every media response has a political agenda; the noisiest people are getting the attention. I don’t believe I have to be noisy, I just need to be available to my little corner of the world, keep talking and praying. If every believer in every corner of the world did the same thing, imagine the amazing results. Let’s do our part, God will do his part and then the stones will truly shout for joy.
Have a blessed and joy filled day….