#Reticent April 12

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On Sunday a group of friends, my wife, and myself will finish up a 6 week Lenten Book Study. We have used the Adam Hamilton book titled 24 Hours That Changed the World

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There have been a number of learning  and spiritual growth areas that this study has caused me to reflect on. One is being RETICENT when something really needs to be said. I realize that this is a personal flaw that I have that may be shared by others.

RETICENT is defined in Mirriam-Webster as inclined to be silent

During the book study as we reviewed Chapter 3 we learned about Jesus’s trial before Joseph Caiaphas the high priest of the Sanhedrin, the Jewish council that served as the court. The Sanhedrin was made up of 70 leaders plus the high priest.

In that trial not one of the 71 members of the Sanhedrin spoke up in defense of Jesus. We do know that after the crucifixation that Nicodemus brought 75 pounds of spices for Jesus’s body. Nicodemus was a member of the Sanhedrin and prior to the trial had interacted with Jesus. There is evidence that Nicodemus had respect for Jesus but remained RETICENT during the trial. He was faced with values conflict. We all have been there.

It is profoundly difficult to be the lone voice of morality. In my experiences the burden for speaking up typically falls on those that feel impacted but are often least responsible.

Along with being least responsible we often find ourselves least prepared. On March 25th I listened to an ethics presentation by a good friend Dr. Eric Dent. Some of the points he made in his lecture are shared by others.

I found in an article located on the web by Nancy Proffitt where she offered tips on how to combat those times when we are feeling RETICENT.

Nicodemus in hindsight probably wishes he knew how to handle values conflicts better. The reality is that remaining RETICENT on certain moral issues can negatively change the world.







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