In Ezekiel 33, God describes to Ezekiel the role of the watchmen. If he sees the sword (enemy armies) coming, and blows the trumpet, then each person that hears the warning is responsible for heeding the warning or not. If the watchmen does not blow the trumpet, then he is responsible for the loss of life. Ezekiel, as the prophet of God, is identified as Israel’s watchmen and encouraged to keep blowing his trumpet. Figuratively speaking.
By the end of the chapter, God encourages Ezekiel to keep proclaiming the Word even though it seems no one is responding. Everyone is exciting about coming to listen, but no one actually does what he says. God actually says it’s like listening to a singer that plays his instrument well; Israel listens, but takes no action. In the same way, we must keep blowing our trumpet. Share the Gospel. Call the lost to repentance. Invite friends, family and neighbors to church. Most will not respond. Some will politely decline, a few will “think about” or say they will try. A few people will speak up and discourage us. In our changing culture, you may encounter active protest. You may be called a bigot, a hater, a hypocrite or be accused of judging. Keep blowing that trumpet. If we warn the world that judgement is coming – and Ex 33:33 reminds us it is – then each is responsible for how he or she responds.
Sharing the Gospel is an act of love, not hate. Warning others that God is a righteous judge is not judging others. All of us that know that have received the Gospel are called to share it with others. No matter what happens, keep blowing that trumpet.
If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, that person shall die in his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul. (Ezekiel 33:8-9 ESV)