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Do Not Leave Quietly - Chapter 10

Guest written by Sew for Christ.

Disclaimer: this is part of a series of commentary on Mario Murillo's book 'Do Not Leave Quietly'. I do not own this work. This is not a reprinting of the material in the book, merely my commentary on the concepts presented. To read the book, you can buy it from bookstores or online from Amazon.

Chapter 10 shares the title of the book, "Do not leave quietly." The meaning of the title of the book is shared here. The situation it comes from is found in Acts 16:20-40. I encourage you to read this passage.

Paul is wrongly condemned and imprisoned due to his preaching and casting out of demons. After being beaten and thrown in jail, God causes an earthquake that breaks open the jail. Paul could've just ran away quietly, but he stays and reveals the injustice committed against him. The magistrates, after hearing about the earthquake that destroyed the jail, tell Paul and his associates that they are free to go, quietly if they'd please. Paul is incensed. They condemned him wrongly publicly, and his vindication comes privately. Paul sends back word that the magistrates have to come, publicly, and bring Paul out of the jail. They do so, restoring Paul's reputation in Philippi. He reports later that the gospel was spread better in Philippi as a result of this event.

What can we learn from this passage? When Paul was condemned, the court used false arguments to thrown him in jail. These were not legally founded, but in their hate they were willing to break Roman law. Mario Murillo points out that while Paul may have broken Phillippi law in defying the local magistrates, he did not break Roman law.

Mario Murillo points out that we've seen this same pattern now. Those in power ignore their own rules in favor of satisfying their animosity towards those who believe and act according to the Bible. We recently saw this with the overturning of Roe v. Wade, where it was ruled unconstitutional. However, it didn't suddenly become unlawful, it had been for almost fifty years. For too long, Christians went silently about it, until recently the issue was pushed, the earthquake came, and God's people were vindicated.

This shows us that speaking out against unlawful, both against United States (or your own country) law and against Biblical law, has its reward. We have God on our side; we can only win, so long as we don't leave quietly.

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