The Silent Witness

A Christian couple befriended another couple with the hopes of evangelizing them. After a few dinner dates the couple said to the Christians “we’ve finally figured out why you guys are so nice, you’re vegetarians.” Not exactly the response they were hoping for.
I’ve known some gays who smiled a lot and were very nice, but they were far from being Christians. Many religions and practices turn out nice people. Search as you may, but you won’t find the word “nice” in the bible. Niceness was never intended as a gauge of godliness. The seriousness of our calling, and the weight of knowing what we know about where this world is headed, can tend to intensify the urgency by which we conduct our lives. When I see a pastor with a silly grin, pretending Christian life is a bucket of roses, I want to tell him to give his head shake. Jesus was never described as being nice. In fact to some He was downright insulting and obnoxious.
God provided us with an amazing device that He designed for letting people know what we’re thinking. We only need to engage the brain before opening it. A silent witness is only good for deaf people. The rest of the population uses words unless for some reason we are too shy, ashamed or embarrassed by what we have to say.
In Romans 10:10 the bible says “For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”
By not opening our mouth, we not only preventing ourselves from being saved, but scores of others who could have benefitted from our testimony. Are we that self conscious and concerned about our image that we would deprive them of the gospel? The concept of being a silent witness is an unbiblical copout for the fearful in heart. In the end, they will go to hell thinking we were nice people.
Jesus said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. – Mark 16:15. Imagine proclaiming the gospel to the whole creation without using words? Unless it’s not in fact the gospel, but some form of man centred religion.
“For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” – Mark 8:38

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