“How could they be silent! How evil! How terrible that they could know Jews were being dragged off in the night to be gassed, and they said nothing,” goes the indignant line of thought.
Don’t wonder about it. The instinct for self-preservation in the midst of moral wrong is alive and well, and it continues to allow rampant spiritual destruction among professing believers.
There are times when silence thunders so loudly that it hurts your ears. Christians are primarily cowards like everyone else. There are only a select few in this life who ever find the courage to speak out, even though they know that doing so will mean personal loss or even destruction. There’s a reason that names like Bonhoeffer and Neimoller are commonly known. They were two of the few with the strength of character to lose all for what was right back in Hitler’s hell.
You find out very quickly who your Christian friends are when you tell the truth in a difficult situation. Those you have known for decades and assumed were godly Christian friends will abandon you overnight if they stand to lose something by associating with you.
I detest the silence of fear. I’m tired of grown men who admit their knees were knocking so they allowed themselves to be bullied and to betray others in the process. But they stand to lose something, see? And the silence thunders while decent people lose all they have.
It’s been said before, and should be said again. Silence isn’t always golden. Sometimes, it’s just plain yellow. And God sees it.