The Irish dramatist, George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) observed:
Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
The first time I heard this quote, I heard it as an old Chinese proverb,
He who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the one doing it.
Well, I don’t know who said it first, but a real truth lies within it. The best way to silence a critic is to show them in reality what they say cannot happen in theory.
Anyone who follows Jesus in step-by-step obedience can meet criticism, derision, persecution, and even great harm. They hated Jesus and they will hate His followers.
But Jesus quietly submitted to their torture and execution. Then quietly proceeded to rise from the dead! Then the executioners performed a cover-up. But Christ’s resurrection is the ultimate proof of the proverb!
What’s the best way to prove to others that following Christ and actively participating in a congregation of believers works?
It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. 1 Peter 2:15-16 NLT
Another translations says:
For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. ESV
When someone makes a foolish or uninformed accusation against you because of Jesus Christ, live the life of abiding in Christ before them. To return evil for evil violates the freedom Christ has given to us. Do exactly the opposite of what they expect and do something good to them!
Christ has set us free from the penalty of sin, gives us the power to resist sin, and one day will completely remove sin’s existence! So don’t jump back into sin with your reaction to hurtful people.
Keep on keeping on being a slave to God. Don’t become a slave to sin again! Jesus has rescued you. Live free! Our REACTIONS are important in these pressure situations! React in such a way to glorify Jesus and retain your freedom from sin.
Our Father, thank-you for giving us freedom in your Son Jesus Christ by forgiving our sins and indwelling us with your Holy Spirit. When people revile us for that freedom, lead us to react in a way that lives out before them the proof of your presence and transformation in our lives.