I really wanted to be done preaching by 12:30. I even set the alarm on my phone and took it with me to the pulpit.
It didn’t work.
I saw it pop-up on my screen (pictured here) & thought, “No, I will not shut up. I cannot.”
Maybe that’s what Peter & John felt when they were essentially told to “shut up” in Acts 4:18.
But Peter and John replied, “Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than him? We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard” (vv. 19-20).
I wonder if they’d feel the same way today. In the midst of the business of modern life, would they shut up … because it’s lunchtime?
Y’know in many ways, our culture has told ALL OF US to shut up – and for the most part, we’ve dutifully complied with their demands.
“Faith is a personal matter,” they say. “Believe whatever you want; but keep your beliefs to yourself.”
I will not.
Don’t worry, we’ll still try to dismiss by 12:30 every Sunday (or 10:30 if you attend the first service). Just understand that sometimes, “We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard” – even if it’s lunchtime and our phones tell us to “Shut up!”
Likewise, I challenge you – as a follower of Jesus Christ – to resist the pressure to shut up about your faith.
Don’t be rude, overbearing, or hyperspiritual. Don’t get “preachy” or “holier than thou.”
Nobody likes that guy.
Just love Christ and love people. And when others take notice, tell them about the things that Christ has done for you. Tell them why you believe.
Who knows? Maybe they’ll decide to follow Christ, too. And wouldn’t that be a pleasant surprise?
I suspect that might make God happy – even if it makes our culture uncomfortable.
You tell me, “Do you think God wants us to obey [our culture] rather than him?”
So I will not.
In fact, I cannot … SHUT UP … about everything I have seen and heard.