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Deafening Behaviour?

Posted on | October 1, 2011 | No Comments

Sometimes I find myself judging speakers as much by what I see of them as by the words they actually say. Perhaps you are the same.”Do they really know – experientially – what they are talking about?” is the implication. Sometimes I feel a bit guilty doing so. I also ask the same question of myself…

It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you are saying. It made me feel I was in good company.

Words seem to be getting cheaper. Credibility is at stake – especially among politicians – and we have learned to be sceptical. Church people may not be far behind. However, if (and it’s a very big IF) they were to reflect the example set by their great leader Christians should of all people be the most trustworthy and integrated.

Let’s unpack that one…. Perhaps the biggest dilemma of the Church is not so much the orthodoxy of its message (words) but the extent to which faith and practice have become separated.

Could this give some clues as to why people don’t want to listen? Or if they are drawn to what we are saying is it because they see lives of love and compassion that are also backed up by authentic faith?

Is anybody listening? Let’s check out our behaviour, attitudes, actions and compassion. They shall know we are Christians by our love… Right?


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