A Silencing Witness

Came across this quote today and found it to be particularly good in relationship to the text I’m reflecting on this week: Psalm 46.

“In Witnessing, the role of talking is frequently overemphasized. Does that sound strange? It’s true. Silence and especially true listening are often the strongest testimony of our faith. A major problem for Christian evangelism is not getting people to talk, but to silence those who through their continuous chatter reveal a loveless heart devoid of confidence in God. As Miguel de Unamuno says, ‘We need to pay less attention to what people are trying to tell us, and more to what they tell us without trying.'”

(Dallas Willard, “The Spirit of the Disciplines,” 165)

Published by Wess

Teacher, author, Quaker, ​and public theologian. He works at Guilford College, enjoys riding his Triumph Bonneville, and listening to music.

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