We've been working on this great question from Sunday:
What are we to do when we see others doing impure things? Do we speak up? As a teacher I struggle daily with this.
One of the complicating factors in the questions is that teachers are in a setting where overt conversations about faith are not always encouraged and even not permitted in some cases. So what do we do?
We can never underestimate two great powers of God: prayer and letting our life speak.
If I were a teacher, all my kids would be in my prayers all the time. Think about it, God has given you a year in the life of these kids, and I truly believe it is for more than just teaching English. It is quite possible that they have never had anyone intercede on their behalf before God. God has let you in on their lives for a purpose. Pray for them by name. Pray against their temptations. Pray for a longing for something better, for something more within them.
The second is also powerful: letting our life speak. Jesus called us the salt of the earth and the light of the world. So much of our nature as salt and light is to just be there, being a solid witness of what life in God looks like.
I do not raise either of these as a cop out to overt confrontation. We still need to have conversations about character, or lack of it. We still need to plant questions that work in their minds and hearts. Ask a lot of questions...thought-provoking questions. Mostly, we need to express loving concern for their well-being. So many of their impure decisions risk their physical, mental, emotional, moral and spiritual health, not just today, but for years to come.
I believe in appropriate, loving conversation and confrontation. But too often we act as if we do not truly believe in the deep power of the tools God has given us.
The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. 17 Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! 18 Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.
Let your lips speak to God on their behalf. Let your life speak to them on God's behalf.