Do you know Christians who are silent only when it comes to sharing the Gospel of Jesus? If so, have you spoken with them about the importance evangelism?
Perhaps everyone has heard, read, or quoted the Great Commission. “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20)
When silent evangelism is practiced, we are in direct disobedience to God and become ineffective in the Lord’s kingdom. Timid and lackadaisical Christians cannot effectively share the Gospel and bring unbelievers to the Body of Christ. Matthew 7:21–24 tells us “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in Heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy [prophesy means to teach] in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” Therefore, everyone who hears these words and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”
Why do some Christians resort to silent evangelism? What are implications of our silence? “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in Heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in Heaven.” (Matthew 10:32-33)
“Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in His glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.” (Luke 9:26)
Not only should we verbally communicate our allegiance to God, but our behavior must match the faith we profess. Actually, silence is denying God’s existence? How? He did not give us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7). We are to be prepared to give a reason for the hope that lies within us. “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. (1 Peter 3:15-16) Christians should be rooted in the truth of the gospel.
Could Christians’ silence be construed as hypocrisy and greatly diminished the credibility if evangelism ever occurs?
Are they silent because they doubt the Gospel?
Why do you think some Christians are afraid to share the faith in the manner that they profess?
I like to hear your thoughts on this subject. Come on, speak up. Do not be a silent Christian.