Where's A Soapbox When You Need One by Laura Shaw
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"For in Him we live and move and have our being."
Acts 17:28a (NIV)
“Anyone who leaves his car out of the garage with valuables inside needs a dunce hat. We don’t ALL
need to spend money for security just because of a few (profanity along the lines of idiots) in our
neighborhood.”

This was an email from our homeowner’s yahoo group about some crime in our neighborhood. Trust me,
it got way worse from there.

Where’s a soapbox when you need one?

I could go on and on, and most surely would, if only I could find my soapbox. The problem is that there are
too many soapboxes out there already. This has been the matter the Lord has placed on my heart over
recent months as I’ve asked Him to clean me up from the inside out.

How does God want me to handle it when I have a complaint? What should my response be to the ‘mud-
slinging’ this world--even the Christian one--has to offer me? He’s given me a voice. How does he want
me to use it?  How did the Lord God of Heaven intend for us to speak out on His behalf?

Here’s the general answer: His intention is for us to come to Him with our complaints
first, giving Him the
opportunity to show us how to respond or react, or whether we should at all.

“I pour out my complaint before HIM; before HIM I tell my trouble.”  Psalm 142:2

“Commit your way to the LORD; trust in HIM and HE will do this: He will make your righteousness shine
like the dawn, the justice of your cause shine like the noonday sun. Be still before the LORD and wait
patiently for
HIM; do not fret when men succeed in their ways…when they carry out their wicked
schemes.”
 Psalm 37:5-7

If we go to our friends, our websites, our self-help books first, we miss out on an awesome opportunity to
glean from His wisdom. He may lead us to a friend to help us sort things through. He may even provide us
an outlet for our messages or our criticisms, but it will look a lot different after going through His filter than
it would have looked if we had just blurted it out in the first place.

The specific answers about how to handle the world’s complaints, as well as our own, come from
Him.
Sometimes they are attacks on something we believe in, sometimes they are attacks that we believe to
be true but not justified, and sometimes the attacks are personal in nature. His answer for us begins with
humility. Maybe, just maybe, if we stop looking for a soapbox to stand on, we’ll find ourselves landing on
our knees instead. It is there that we will be transformed in our learning and our thinking, knowing just what
to speak when we stand back up.

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by
changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you,
which is good and pleasing and perfect.”  
Romans 12:2

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,
and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:5
Mud-slinging--Mud-slinging—Brittney--More mud-slinging—Ew, now that’s just
inappropriate—Obama vs. Clinton—mud-slinging disguised as news—high-
pitched beep—More inappropriate.

This is what I witnessed as I flipped channels the other night. I couldn’t believe
how negative, how cruel, how absurd it all was.  

Where’s a soapbox when you need one?