Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
The term “called out” can depict a couple of different connotations. Depending upon usage, the connotation can be good or it can be bad. Realistically, it just depends on the circumstances.
Recently I was visiting one of the many radio clubs in my area. I was queried as to why I wasn’t a member of that club. The discussion turned to that of Field Day. I mentioned how it had been reported to me that this club was using dedicated operators, and not allowing guests to use the radio to score contacts. This really upset one of the men in the room, who demanded that I tell them the name of the individual. I chose to keep my mouth shut, as it was one of their own members who told me, as well as being something that I have personally observed on more than one occasion. Sad truth is that they were called out. Please note that for the record, I have no personal grudge with this club, and I no formal affiliation, past or present, with them.
Being called out is uncomfortable. When that happens, we all have a habit of becoming defensive and emotional. I am no exception.
Interestingly, there are many times in the Bible in which people were called out for various reasons. One of my personal favorite instances of this is in the book of Genesis. In particular, the account of the Lord’s visit with Abraham, during which we have Abraham pleading for the Lord to spare Sodom (this will be covered, again, in another post), and also the Lord’s declaration that Abraham’s wife, Sarah, would give birth to a son in her old age. Yes, I am well aware that I am using the names that they are best known as, rather than their names at the time of the Lord’s visit, this is just for the sake of the reader who may not be familiar with the account of those events.
The primary event that I am looking at starts in the 18th chapter of the book of Genesis. Abraham is sitting by the oaks and relaxing. Suddenly the Lord appears to Abraham, and he runs up to the Lord, asking him if he has found favor in the the Lord’s eye to stay and rest while he prepares for him. The Lord bids Abraham to do as he said.
After all the preparations are made, the Lord asks Abraham where his wife, Sarah, is at that moment. Abraham responds that she is in the tent. The Lord then declares very plainly to Abraham that he shall pass by again in a year, at Sarah will have borne a son at that time.
In Genesis 18:12 we read that Sarah laughed to herself about having a child at such an advanced age. The Lord then asked why Sarah laughed, and asks if anything is too hard for the Lord. He then assures them that she will have a son. Sarah denies her laughing, as she was afraid, only for the Lord to state very clearly that she did laugh. Ironically, when Sarah gave birth, she named him “Isaac”, meaning “God has made laughter for me”.
Clearly, though, Sarah was uncomfortable when she was called out. She was called out for her disbelief. So too, many feel uncomfortable when their disbelief is called out, and the facts are present that refute such disbelief. Sadly, even when the facts are present, some will not believe, this is called willful ignorance, and it can even be deadly, as it creates unnecessary stress.
In life, we all get called out. Sometimes for good things, sometimes not. It is something that is going to happen. When it does, we shouldn’t become defensive, or vindictive. Rather, we should do what we can to take the information given us, and use it as an opportunity to improve ourselves. We all have our flaws, and sometimes we need help to see them, so we can work on them. It doesn’t matter how good we thing we are, we always have room for improvement.
As for that radio club, I don’t doubt that there is a possibility that one or two control operators at Field Day did let others also operate. However, that would be the exception, not the normative. If one operator did something different than what was posted on the club website in terms of operating procedures for Field Day, then it is not that operator, but the club as a whole. However, unless members of that club start to work internally to call out bad practices within the club, nothing changes. In the working world, we call it whistle-blowing, especially when employees call out unfair or discriminatory company practices.
Oddly, the Bible makes one thing very clear, on the last day, we will all be called to give an account of all we have done, good or bad. Yes, we will be called out. For the non-believer, this will only serve toward there condemnation to everlasting punishment. For the believer, it is merely a chance to see just how much they have been forgiven. For both, it will be very uncomfortable, and there is nothing either can do to defend their actions. Now is the time to repent.