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. 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
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