Christians, Please Shut Up!



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Ouch! Before I say anything more I have to say that Joani
Schultz, our Chief Creative Officer, says, “We don’t use those
words in our family.”

But in the family of God, it begs to be said, “Please just shut
up! Be quiet!”

We’re so quick to condemn someone like Matthew McConaughey for
saying thanks to God in his Oscar acceptance speech. And we’re quick to
defend a Duck commander who says things in a way that
we wouldn’t allow in our own families…harsh, unkind,

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I can’t even imagine why any outsider would respect us…not
until we learn to shut up about what doesn’t matter. Not until we
make it our ambition to lead a quiet life and mind our own

Poor Matthew. Some say he didn’t have the right to talk about
God. They question his relationship with God. They discount him
because of his work.

People, I remember for months before I came to Christ that I had
a deep respect for him even though I didn’t know him. Even though
my life wasn’t anything that you or I would’ve called honoring to

He was wooing me to himself. I didn’t know it and neither did
anyone else. But if I had received vehement condemnation for using
his name…before I knew him…I doubt that I would’ve responded to
his wooing.

The Bible is clear: “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life,
to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we
told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of
outsiders.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

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We just need to be quiet. Mind our own business.

Let’s move toward “outsiders”…those who haven’t come into our
family yet…with lovingkindness, mercy, and grace. Let’s be part
of God’s wooing instead of being part of someone else’s work who is
known for his “accusing.”

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below. 

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Christine Yount Jones

Christine has more than 27 years of children’s ministry experience. She is the Executive Editor of Children’s Ministry Magazine, has authored many books and articles on children’s ministry, and serves as co-director of the KidMin Conference. She’s led teams in the development of leading innovative resources, including Group's Instant Christmas Play, Buzz Instant Sunday School curriculum, Grapple Preteen Curriculum, and the new Dig-In Sunday School curriculum. Follow Christine on Twitter @ChristineYJones


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    I completely agree, Ecclesiastes 3 says it best, there is a season for everything. Ad Christians we need to learn when to raise a commotion and when to just let God answer that one. Where was all of this anger when they took prayer out of schools? We have to choose our battles and when someone says something that we may not agree with it is not the time to get all rambunctious. Now if you want to take to twitter and Facebook or any other social site that is your prerogative but just remember they spoke publicly and if you answer publicly, are you making the situation better or worse?
    There is a difference between when something should be said and when something needs to be said.

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    Katie Wetherbee on

    Beautifully written, and so very true. I am so weary of the judgmental rhetoric, and I have spent a great deal of time this week examining my part in all of it. I hope that all of my words will be a warm welcome to those who are seeking Him. THANK YOU for this most wonderful piece.

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    When I read this paragraph: "Poor Matthew. Some say he didn't have the right to talk about God. They question his relationship with God. They discount him because of his work."

    I thought you'd moved on to talking about Scripture. Because isn't that kind of like what people said about Matthew the disciple/tax collector? Interesting that that's NOT what you were talking about, but the parallel CAN be made.

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    Cathy Cutrell on

    Amen to your article. I've experienced so much that the Lord has each person on journey to come to know Him through the Word, Worship, and Prayer and I pray each person may learn to appreciate that and set their site on God and to grow more in learning what His LOVE is all about. Being still and know He is God causes us to be quiet :-)!! Then no one will have to be fighting for rights…because the Lord has it covered! He will lead us into His way everlasting.

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