Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Colossians 4:5-6 ESV via Bible Gateway
“Outsiders” in the verse above refers to those outside of the church. It’s a warning to Christians to be careful in how we deal with non-believers. Like Solomon in the Proverbs there is a call to wisdom and but Paul also implores us to be gracious. Knowing how to answer each person is a call to apologetics. It’s no secret that many outside the church today stay away because they know too many Christians. One the one hand we will always fall short of imitating Christ perfectly and some non-believers will use any excuse they can find. On the other hand, this verse and others worded more strongly about causing little ones to stumble remind of Christians of our responsibility to represent Christ and the Gospel well, choosing our words wisely and rightly dividing the Word of Truth.
Talking About Jesus is the title of today’s devotion at Our Daily Bread and offers a real life example of exactly what we’re talking about.
NEWS – So I looked for some good news to share with people of faith and here’s what I came up with:
Hillsong took over Times Square for one day; 21 digital screens that normally display ads, headlines and market reports alternately displayed “Jesus” and “No other name” for one hour on April 24th.
It’s a sad thing to see a church give up and close it’s doors. I’ve ministered to shrinking congregations on the verge of throwing in the towel. But then there’s this story out of Payson, Arizona. When the First Baptist Church was faced with a demographic of older members and shrinking financial resources they gave their $1 million facility to a growing congregation that had been meeting in a school cafeteria. Technically they sold it to for $1.