I used to love the Francis of Assisi quotation, “Preach the gospel at all times; if necessary, use words.”
It feels good, but is it theologically correct? I like the idea of our lives speaking louder than our words, but as I continue to dig deeper into scripture each day, I realize that “sayings of men” can feel good and even motivational, but are they good words or GOD’S WORD?
If God wanted us to merely LIVE HIs word, we would have no reasons for our lips, vocal chcordsnd mouths. I was delightfully surprised this morning when I saw Jim Denison’s blog say:
“You’ve probably heard the Francis of Assisi quotation, ‘Preach the gospel at all times; if necessary, use words.’ As researcher Ed Stetzer notes, there are two problems with this quote. First, Francis never said it. Second, it’s incomplete theology.
Stetzer: “Using that statement is a bit like saying, ‘Feed the hungry at all times; if necessary, use food.’” The gospel is good news, and, as Stetzer notes, “good news needs to be told.”
This was such a confirmation to my spirit as I continue to see the WORLD’S “anti-Christian” agenda spreading like a wild-fire and confidently being proclaimed LOUDLY with great force and financial support. The crazy thing is that Christians have bought in and now blend into the world so much it is often hard to see one that really STANDS OUT.
Jesus was not mute. He was not silent. He was not afraid of opposition or offending the leaders of His time. He walked into temples and said, “YOU HYPOCRITES! YOU WHITE-WASHED TOMBS! YOU CLEAN THE OUTSIDE OF THE CUP AND YET THE INSIDE IS LIKE FILTHY RAGS!”
I guess words were important then, as they are today!!!!
Jesus’ final instructions to His disciples was to “Go into all the world and PREACH the gospel….” Mark 16:15
In a world where we see Christian values and Christians being ostracized, persecuted, sued and even kicked out of public schools and restaurants, NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO BE SILENT.
Jesus, the disciples and the apostles all SPOKE of their faith. They “boldly proclaimed” the gospel. They LOVED deep through their works of compassion, but let’s not be mistaken……they were willing to DIE for the message of the Kingdom of God.
I challenge you this Christmas to be more than a blank billboard, hoping the world get’s your message by osmosis of energy. Be more than a hand out to other….give them the hand UP they need by teaching them the truth!
STAND UP AND LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!
I wrote this song a LONG time ago, but it still carries the message of boldness, courage and letting your voice make shift happen in the world around you.
LIVE OUT LOUD! (L.O.L.)
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As a highly sought-after speaker, thought leader, author, and expert in business psychology, Staci Wallace’s messages of uncompromising truth equip CEO's, influencers, entrepreneurs, and leaders in the marketplace to launch and scale purpose-driven, highly profitable lives and businesses that leave a powerful impact on the world. With over 35 years in Executive Corporate Leadership and over 25 in global ministry, Staci's desire is to support Kingdom Entreprenuers with tools that equip leaders and send them to the four corners of the earth. Her distinctions in business success have enabled her to share the stage with five U.S. Presidents and many other high profile leaders of this generation as well as to be a featured "Life & Business Coach" for such shows as KTHV's Morning Show, NBC, ABC, FOX and is the current co-host of the "Fueled By Fire Podcast" alongside her husband of 25 years, Larry Wallace.