It is sort of funny in ways that so many of us have heard the colloquial saying, “it’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.” As practical as this statement is toward mechanical issues, quite often we have used it to address all kinds of social and cultural issues. Perhaps we could readjust this little aphorism to say, “if you want to get a lot of attention, just make a bunch of noise.”
Little children can often learn to use this agenda quite well. Rehearsing their screams and cries, they can get an adult to almost immediately respond to their wants and wishes. There is a major difference between the cries of a child for help or need, and that for attention.
I laugh in hearing of the students in a university psychology class who would show complete disinterest toward what their professor was teaching when he was standing behind the podium in that large classroom format. But, the students had other plans. Together they had decided to show increased interest in every step that the teacher made toward the hot water heat registers in that old classroom. Within a short period of time they had that professor nearly sitting on the registers. Whose voice was being heard? And by the way….was there even a word spoken to get their desired results?
All of this is said to only bring attention to this question again, “Whose voice is being heard?” I propose that if the church is not sounding forth the truth of the Word of God by proclaiming the Gospel, then someone else’s voice is shouting forth mistruths and lies that the undiscerning heart will learn to readily accept.
English reformation pastor Hugh Latimer who was born in 1485 would die as a martyr. He challenged other pastors to hold to the truths of the Word of God and waiver not in this regard. He informed them that if they should fail to proclaim openly the Gospel, the devil himself would take their place and continue to broadcast his lies. A voice would be heard…..in ever increasing clarity. But would it be the voice of truth; or would it be that of adverse deception? Again, he was merely saying that if you are not proclaiming and preaching what you have been commanded to teach from the Word of God, then you had better realize, there will be someone else out there preaching. Unless we preach the truth, that someone else will win everyone to himself.
Whose voice is being heard?