I'm sure you've heard it. That famous quote that is a source of equal parts comfort and derision: "Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary." The quote gets at a powerful truth that faithful presence is often a more effective tool for sharing the gospel than mere words. But like any pithy quote, it can be taken to an extreme and used as a rationale for putting off speaking up. There are times when words are absolutely necessary.
I've had a couple relationships with non-Christians that revolved around fantasy football. We would watch games and talk football. They knew I was a Christian, and even tried to start a spiritual conversation (could you ask for an easier gimme?), but I was too scared to speak up. I had joined them to watch football with every intention of being a light, but when the time came to speak up I clammed up. There are times when you've just got to speak up.
But what about the opposite situation? You're serving with a secular organization where the expectation is that you will serve but you're notallowed to proselytize. Former Leadership Journal associate editor Tim Avery explores this very dilemma in Is Jesus Welcome in Justice Efforts?
Keep reaching out,