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  • Andre Lamartin

The Revealing Sound of Silence

Learning to respect silence is always preferable to breaking it for all the wrong reasons. The only thing more important than learning to listen is being mindful of what deserves to be said, as silence may always be preferable to the available alternatives. If the underlying intent is simply to offend, there are moments in life when the truth doesn't deserve to be spoken, leaving another to contend with the revealing sound of silence. Communicating with silence means making a point by not saying anything at all. If words no longer suffice, silence should be welcomed instead. When dialogue goes only so far, embracing silence speaks volumes.

Never simply mistake silence for indifference, complicity or weakness, as it may only emphasize something already said countless times before. When communication lines breakdown, there is only so much one can do to get a point across. As stated in Matthew 26:62-63, after Jesus was cowardly arrested by Jewish church officials of the Sanhedrin, looking only for false evidence to have him crucified, the accusations made were answered only with silence. The bravery of a man, whose actions always spoke for themselves, required no translation to be properly understood. Even when embracing silence and apparently refraining from defending himself, Christ always spoke as a leader, remaining true to his Father and to his own self. As sincerity has a time and place when appreciated most, so does silence, and the two have been known to walk hand in hand.

As all Jesus had said and done failed to convert the Sanhedrin in the years prior, there was little else now that would change their conniving minds or sway their hardened hearts. Jewish church officials were simply trying to terrorize, humiliate, and convict Christ using his own words, coerced as a false confessionary admission of guilt for false charges made. Though silence did not spare his life, it spared him from the humiliation of acknowledging the false authority of supposedly religious, but blatantly murderous, corrupt, and faithlessly mendacious accusers. True believers can never understand the corruption of false church leaders because somethings in life money should never buy. That a sacred house of prayer and worship should become a corrupt den of murderous thieves speaks for the moral degradation of the times, as described in Mark 11:15-19.

After being subjected to unrelenting persecution, and mindless violence throughout the course of one´s life, sometimes by the very people who should have been on one's side, there comes a time when silence alone should be welcomed. Words only bear meaning for those willing to openly converse with others, having the humble disposition to acknowledge their mistakes, while leaving open the possibility of being persuaded by the truth conveyed. When dialogue of this kind is no longer tenable, reticent, laconic silence is the only remaining form of communication, especially when accompanied by seemingly unbearable pain. Arbitrary imprisonment and torture can sometimes render one considerably stronger only by revealing how shamefully weak and utterly craven the Enemy really is. A true believer is never frightened of facing death, as the future is always brighter than the past. For questions imbibed in violence never to have been asked, revealing is the sound of silence bound to eternally last.


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