Are You a 3 Monkeys Christian?
Is this old oriental proverb biblical truth? Hear no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil. From what we see in the typical evangelical church today, you would think that it is. “If you can’t say something good about a person, then don’t say anything at all. Surely you misunderstood what you heard? No, your eyes are deceiving you – he is a fine Christian man!”
Sin absolutely loves this proverb. Satan loves it. Abusers who masquerade as Christians love it. Morphing and twisting it to his own evil ends, the wolf hiding among the flock insists that the love of Jesus forbids us from ever hearing a bad report about someone, or seeing them as evil, and certainly it demands that we keep our mouths shut, never saying anything negative about someone.
There is nothing biblical about the three monkeys. They are the three demons that lurk in our churches, working to hide the evil that is there. Oh sure, I should avoid listening to evil things. I should turn my eyes away from evil temptation. I should not use my mouth to do evil to others. But the common “take” on this proverb among Christians is – plug your ears whenever you hear something unpleasant, cover your eyes when you see something unpleasant, and shut your mouth instead of speaking out against evil. Talk about a sweet deal for the wolf! Hear him howling? Cover your ears. See him ripping the throat out of a lamb? Cover your eyes. Shouldn’t we sound the alarm to the rest of the flock? No! Cover your mouth!
The three monkeys picture should be posted in most pastors’ offices. Ouch. I’m sorry. I really do hate to say that, but it’s the truth (and I don’t buy into the 3 monkeys school of thought). Abuse victims who have gone to their pastors and churches for help will attest to this. They got the 3 monkeys treatment. Deaf. Blind, and Dumb. Real dumb.
Anyone with any knowledge of Scripture at all knows full well that the 3 monkeys do not depict Christ’s truth. When Christ heard evil, when He saw evil, He announced it from the rooftops. And He has told every one of His people to do the same thing. It is waaaaay past time for Christians to come out of their little fantasy worlds where evil supposedly doesn’t exist, take their hands off all the openings in their heads, and do battle with the evil around them. In this case, with the evil of abuse. The abuser does a good enough job of hiding without our help.
Don’t be a 3 monkeys Christian. It will just make you a spiritual Moe, Larry, or Curly. And abusers love it when we are Stooges.