Thursday, November 08, 2007

Use Words

I’m here at GodBlogCon and Al Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is speaking about the importance of communication. Christians are called to communicate. He made mention of the famous quote from St. Francis of Assisi, “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words,” and he proposed that this does not eliminate the need to use words. I have always had an issue with how many use this quote to argue against the use of speaking the gospel to people. Yes, our lives, what we do (and don’t do), must clearly represent Christ and the fruit of the Spirit. However, words are also imperative. Christ himself used words often – almost always. As Christians we must use words and not feel bad about using them.

Al Mohler said that “no one will intuit the Gospel”. I think that is mostly right. Words get to the point of the matter very clearly, concisely, and in a timely manner. Words are important. Let’s not be afraid to use them in order to tell the greatest story of all time. If ever words should be used it should be for the purpose of sharing the Good News of Christ.

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