“Do not cast your pearls before swine.” (Matthew 7:6b)
I recently attended a going away event for three workmates at a restaurant. They are all “great guys” in their own type of way, but none is a Christian. At this event, there were of course a number of other people present. These are always good occasions by which to glorify the Lord. But how do you do that?
Well, at the table we were sitting at, I just “happened” to be sitting in front of a man who has a young infant daughter. Beside him was another person who had a daughter. To our left there were a number of single men. One man had a girlfriend who was now pregnant by him. Now at events like these, all sorts of conversations are bound to arise. You have to take them in stride.
As the man with the girlfriend shared, “We have no choice now, we have to get married.” Another man (single) shot back, “You know, you still have a choice.” What did the man mean by this? He meant that it was still not too late to “get rid” of the baby. That, of course, is killing. The man was recommending that the man with the baby consider killing it. Had the man listened to him, and done it, then at least two people would have been guilty of participating in the killing of an innocent life.
I thought to myself, “How do I respond to this man who has suggested that the man consider killing his baby?” The word “swine” came to my mind. The man who had suggested that was like swine. In other words, he was a man that had made his mind up already about what was right and what was wrong. He was not open to being corrected; no, not at a time like this, anyway.
Everyone knows my position on the sanctity of human life. I did not need to mention it. An argument would have ensued, and the man who had suggested that the man consider killing his baby would not have been any better off — except that he probably would have become a whole lot more self-defensive and unpersuaded in his decision about the value of human life.
In the end, I chose to start a conversation with the man in front of me. We ended up talking about his daughter, and my children, and how precious children were. I felt the peace of the Lord the whole time. Yes, I had made the right decision. And, oddly enough, without even arguing with the man who devalued human life, I was able to exalt the value of human life and present my case anyway.
Would it have been wrong for me to have rebuked that man for saying what he did? Absolutely not … that is, if the Lord was directing me to do so. But it is not my “job” to “have” to rebuke such a one at each and every step of the way. I am not his judge, the Lord is!
As we each seek the Lord, and seek to hear his voice on a moment-by-moment basis, the Lord will give us wisdom on what to say, whom to say it to, and how and when to say it. In this, may we be reminded of the words of Jesus, who said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” (John 5:19)
Praise the Lord! For He always helps us in our time of need. Today, may the Lord help us all as we seek to hear his voice, and do what is right at each and every step of the way.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27)
Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)