About every other week I see the quote attributed to St. Francis of Assisi: "Preach the gospel. And if necessary, use words.” Of course, as Christians, our actions should point to Jesus. There’s only two problems, said blogger Ed Stetser recently. First, St. Francis never said it and nothing we know about the life of this constant preacher suggests he would have.
Second, Christianity isn’t Buddhism. Christianity is rooted in history, and is dependent on the truth of its claims. We worship the one the Scripture refers to as “The Word.” The Gospel is a message of good news that provides hope for the very bad news of our sinful separation from God.
In fact, since the gospel is what Jesus has done and not what we have done, there’s no way that we could live it out without proclamation. Christians live to announce what Christ has done on behalf of humanity. And since it’s necessary, let’s use words. I’ll link to Stetser’s article at ThePointRadio.org. I’m John Stonestreet.