“I am making you a watchman for the people of Israel. Therefore, listen to what I say and warn them for me.” Ezekiel 33:7 (NLT)

Imagine being an eye witness to a murder in which you clearly observed all the details of the crime take place including the offender’s identity. Rather than report the crime to the authorities you clean up all the evidence at the scene and say nothing. Of course this would be called obstruction of justice and you would not only be considered a useless witness but an accomplice to the murder. This situation may seem unbelievable but this is actually happening every day. Frequently we observe sinful behaviors that offend the Lord in the people around us and even in our own actions but we do nothing to confront them. In ancient Israel they placed watchmen on the city walls of Jerusalem to observe approaching enemies and warn the people of the impending danger. Like these ancient watchmen the Lord requires Christians to watch and warn people to repent for their sins. The Lord says “If I announce that some wicked people are sure to die and you fail to tell them to change their ways, then they will die in their sins, and I will hold you responsible for their deaths.” (Ezekiel 33:8) Watchmen on the walls cannot keep silent.

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