Is Silence Golden?

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas made the news on Monday for something he hasn’t done in over ten years.  For the first time in a decade he asked questions during oral arguments.  Judge Thomas has justified his long silence by claiming that he was trying to be respectful to the lawyers.  However, I am fairly certain that most people would agree that the job of a Supreme Court Justice is to speak up, ask challenging questions, and render a decision.

Although ten years is a long time to be quiet, I can’t help but think that there are many “Christians” who have beaten that record.  Some believers rarely talk about their relationship with Christ or share the good news with others.  In Acts 1:8 we read “…and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  The word witnesses is the root for the English word martyr and means to confirm or prove by word of testimony.  Therefore, it is a contradiction in terms if you say you love God and yet don’t share your faith with others.

When was the last time you invited a friend to church or shared with a friend, family member, or colleague how Christ has changed your life? Silence may be golden on rare occasions, but never when you have been called to be a witness.