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Have you ever heard someone say, ‘There’s an elephant in the room’?  The dictionary defines that
phrase as a way to describe “an obvious problem or difficult situation that people don’t want to talk
about.”   In our politically correct society, there are elephants thriving in many of the rooms we
occupy, and we just can’t bring ourselves to acknowledge them.

Well, my friend, given the number of folks who are angry and bitter, taking their own lives,
murdering family members, destroying their children, etc., it might be time that we start to love
people enough to care about the elephants ruining their lives.  At the very least that tells them that we
care for their pain.

I find NO biblical references telling us to ignore another’s heartaches in order to keep from offending
them.  Satan has done a masterful job of intimidation in this way, but that’s all it is – an attempt to
hide the truth from this generation.  We can’t allow that to happen! My prayer is that you will vow
today to speak out with boldness…stare down the elephant and send him away for good!  Here are
some Scriptures to encourage you:

Psalm 37: 30,31   The godly offer good counsel; they teach right from wrong.
31 They have made God’s law their own, so they will never slip from his path. (NLT)

Proverbs 10:10   People who wink at wrong cause trouble, but a bold reproof promotes peace.  (NLT)

Proverbs 28:1   The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. (NIV)

Matthew 5:13   You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you
make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. (NLT)

Acts 4:29    Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great
boldness. (NIV)

The next time you feel as though you don’t want to “intrude” or think another’s spiritual condition is
‘none of [your] business’, maybe take a few minutes to ask the Lord what he would have you say or do
to help.  

For example:
•        Ask Him for an increased sensitivity to those who hurt.  
•        Ask Him to help you stay silent long enough to really listen to what someone is saying –
        not their words, necessarily – but their heart-cry.
•        Ask Him for a spirit of compassion to replace any judgmental attitudes you might have.  
•        And finally, ask Him what Scriptures you can give this person to challenge and encourage
        them to begin to let the elephant disappear.  Remember this:  any elephant can be eaten.  
        You just have to do it one bite at a time!
May your day be full of elephants in various stages of departure, and may we boldly step in to point
the way to eternal life for anyone who’s tired of seeing elephants at all!
Pastor Lawrence Bush
THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM