How will your voice prevail?

How do you handle crowds, conversations, and such?

One day last week, while talking with my brother by text, I said, “Yesterday, I had four lengthy phone conversations. Today, I’m re-grouping in solitude.”

Because he knows me, he knew I was not kidding. It’s how I prepare {being the introvert that I am} for the crowds and conversations.

How do you handle it?

I’m asking because I feel like this might be getting out-of-control. If you spend any time on social media you must know what I’m talking about.

Maybe I date myself – that this out-of-control approach to conversation has become *a thing* for the next generation. Who am I kidding? People my age are just as guilty.

With the opportunity to connect, like, and follow, it seems many have decided it also includes the freedom to say anything we want. Anything. Anywhere.

Let me be clear. I’m primarily speaking about people of faith here – those of us who call ourselves Christian.

There are comments I see that make me sad…and confused.

I hate this kind of online behavior, period – but when I know the person is a fellow-believer who’s using hurtful or cutting words to make their point, I’m beyond sad and confused. I just don’t get it.

This is not only an online problem, anymore. Do you feel an escalation of demonstrative, mob-like behavior? When we begin to act out online {hidden places} it encourages similar behavior out in the open {public places}.

They were insistent and urgent, demanding with loud cries that He should be crucified. And their voices prevailed (accomplished their purposes). Luke 23.23 AMP

Easter is upon us as I write this post. In this season of remembering the mob-like behavior of Luke 23, let’s see where it got them.

Now, we know that to go the way of the cross was Jesus’ destiny. And aren’t we grateful He followed through, that we might be saved. Still, I believe we can take from this scene in Luke 23 a cautionary tale.

The voices that prevailed were the common people, really. Most of them had very little idea or understanding of what their voices were prevailing about. They were, quite literally, following the crowd. It was *a thing*.

There was no social media in that day.

The powers-that-be had no Facebook Fan Page or E-mail list with which to promote their criticism of this man named Jesus; to incite the crowd.

There was no media coverage or trending on Twitter to work the masses into an outrage. Simply passing the news through the grapevine or discussing it in the town square did the trick, it seems.

And…because of hang-ups with the Old Law. Fear of the unknown. Legalistic mindsets. Cultural divides. And a compulsion to follow the crowd…Jesus was tried and hanged for a crime he did not commit.

In the end…their voices prevailed.

It was the same crowd who, only a few days earlier, had gathered in the streets to catch a glimpse of Jesus riding into the city. They were the same people who waved palm branches and shouted *Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord*¹.

Later that same week, influenced by what had become *a thing* – the common people turned into a mob that was *insistent, urgent, and demanding*. They allowed their voices to prevail at something corrupt and unfounded.

How will your voice prevail?

Listen, I’m guilty of this. Sometimes, I allow myself to become outraged over an issue and I feel I must speak my mind. Other times, I just want to join in with the crowd.

Then, later, I realize I should have followed Jesus’ lead and remained silent. I want to do better. I must do better.

Let your voice prevail. I’m not saying you shouldn’t, but let it speak for peace, encouragement, respect, kindness, and servant-mindedness. Be the one who’s more focused on shining the light on God’s way than on the way of the crowd.

And if you think what you’ve got to say is worthy of changing history – make sure it’s for the right reasons. Make sure it lines up with where history ends up – from the cross, to the grave, to resurrection.

He came. He died. He rose. And He will come again.

Can we let our words prevail about that?

¹John 12.13 NIV

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About the author : Karlene Arthur

Karlene Arthur

Karlene has worked in the Christian nonprofit arena her entire adult life. She has a master of ministry from Southwestern Christian University and served the local church as worship leader, administrative pastor, and small groups director. Karlene currently serves with Visionaries International, a nonprofit missions organization founded by her father over forty years ago. She writes at whileiponder.com, sharing stories of life, faith, and family. Her mission: encouraging others to build up their faith.

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