Why did so many ducks in the pond disappear? Answer; “They kept falling through the quacks!”
I’m sorry about that. It is just my guided attempt to get our attention. It is so easy today to become marginalized for our beliefs, our backgrounds, our birthrights. This is often not a specific segregation but a general one that questions; “Why can’t “they” be like us?”
Many times this attitude begs for confrontation rather than consideration, and while it may be felt well-meaninged, it can be way worse; masochistic (liking to see people squirm).
The other view might say; “If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything”. It depends upon what we think is “good”. What would God have to say about that? A great deal. One thing that may be near the top of the list is: “No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead he puts it on a stand, so that those who come can see the light”. Luke 8/16.
This moves the discussion further than that. We should not allow ourselves to “fall through the cracks because of timidity; not declare that we were the ones who “invented the crack”, but to address the issue of how easy it is to fall into it. That is, by saying nothing at all.
The world is full of metaphors that have real-world application. The text refers to “a lamp”. God declares it to be HIS lamp, His truth. He admonishes us all for hiding “it” away… never taking a stand. He assumes that someone will, not may, come that they may see the light.
We are, all of us, destined to fall through the cracks in the pavement of our existence here on earth if we fail to recognize that we have a duty to expose light to others. We are proud to carry that light entrusted to us. We find tables (platforms) wherever we travel, and fully expect the next passerby shares (knowingly or not) the love for light and the release from every darkness within him.
Why did so many ducks in the pond disappear? It was too dark in there!
If you see the dark coming, duck into the Word.