Silence is not just the absence of sound, it can be a posture of stillness, a place of restraint, even a preciousness of attitude—a quietness that should mark the Christian life, which obviously includes public discourse.
Today, in light of the recent announcement made by World Vision and the ranging responses from the Christian community. I’d like to continue our look at silence but with a cultural twist. I’ve read myriad responses to the announcement, but I’d like to caution the Christian community not to use this very nuanced and complex situation as a barking-box for one-sided and derogatory rhetoric toward fellow Christians.
Timothy Willard is the author of five books, including Longing For More: Daily Reflections on Finding God in the Rhythms of Life and the forthcoming The Life-Giving Adventure of Chasing Beauty (Eerdmans, 2019). He has collaborated on over 20 books and has written, consulted and served as spiritual director for organizations such as Chick-fil-A, Catalyst, Q Ideas and Praxis Labs. When he’s not riding the trails in the Appalachian mountains you can find him by the fire with his three daughters and his wife making up stories about Tom the back yard badger. He lives somewhere in the south Charlotte woods.