This is the thought that I have been wrestling with lately:

There is an evident politeness of traditional groups in theology and politics. For the most part, I believe this is a meekness. Meekness is one of the greatest characteristics anyone can have. It describes someone with great strength and confidence, but who rarely break out of the shell, as they attempt to be at peace with every man. Meekness is strength under control. Like a race horse, the meek are filled with potential that goes well beyond what they exhibit on a daily basis.

It would seem that this is exploited by the “other side” who speak louder, disturbing the peace, and tightening their fists, not out of strength, but out of fear and insecurity.

It would seem that there is a time for the meek to get out the whip and overturn the tables. Otherwise I fear that the old saying becomes prophetic: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

The insecure want the meek to remain dormant. Unfortuntely, most of the time, they are getting what they wish for.

The meek have to decide when they are going to flex their muscles. This does not mean lose control. It means that we make a concerted effort to stave off evil by entering the fight decisively. I’m thinking it is time.


C Michael Patton
C Michael Patton

C. Michael Patton is the primary contributor to the Parchment and Pen/Credo House Blog. He has been in ministry for nearly twenty years as a pastor, author, speaker, and blogger. Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary (2001), president of Credo House Ministries and Credo Courses, author of Now that I'm a Christian (Crossway, 2014) Increase My Faith (Credo House, 2011), and The Theology Program (Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, 2001-2006), host of Theology Unplugged, and primary blogger here at Parchment and Pen. But, most importantly, husband to a beautiful wife and father to four awesome children. Michael is available for speaking engagements. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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