Silence is Golden

A little over a month or so ago I took my wife to see the Broadway musical Jersey Boys.  Growing up my dad had a double gold album of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.  It is some of my favorite music from my youth and the musical brought back a flood of memories about putting dad’s LPs on the record player and doing our best to sing falsetto with Frankie.

I distinctly remember one of the songs on the album – it is titled “Silence is Golden.”  The  basic story line of the song is about an internal struggle.  A boy stands as a witness – he is in love with a young woman but she is in love with another boy.  Unfortunately the boy is deceiving the young woman but as they say – love can be blind.  The witness struggles with what to do – step up and tell her or keep silent.

I think our young folks understand this predicament – they see it everyday played out in their peer groups at school and extra-curricular activities.  Most of us adults have moved past this in respects to love, dating, etc.

But the game is still afoot!  We play the  game every time God presents us with an opportunity to share our faith story.  Do I dare mention God, Jesus, right, wrong, religion?  Am I safer being silent? 

The side effects:

If I am silent  then the gospel of Jesus Christ remains mute in my chest.  An opportunity may be missed and the opportunity may never arise again.  Change is thwarted.  Good is kept on  the  sideline.  Why?  Because silence is golden.

If I speak the gospel is unleashed; God’s grace is revealed.  An opportunity is seized.  Change is given a chance and good is on the field.  Will it win the day?  Only God knows but at least it has a chance.  Why?  Because I spoke God’s words of love and grace.

When was the last time you held your tongue?  Do you regret that moment?  Or when was the last time you spoke with conviction and boldness?  Did you see God at work and how? 

K-Love airs stories of encouragement and change all the time.  Would you be willing to share one here?

About Jim Hoffman

Pastor, teacher, leader, novice blogger, wanna be author and Christian conversationalist. Passionate about environmental architecture - creating spaces where people can foster new or growing relationships with each other and God. Currently leads a faith community on Ward Parkway in Kansas City and happily married to Margaret. Blessed with four adult children and two grandsons.
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One Response to Silence is Golden

  1. Cindi says:

    Thanks for this entry and for the message yesterday about extending Grace. I really feel sometimes like I am “failing” at giving Grace to others, showing Jesus’ love. I pray about it and I feel like it should somehow come naturally. Like if it doesn’t just flow out of me that I am not a good enough Christian. It is easier for me to be sarcastic and critical and just keep plugging along in this crazy world. But sometime during yesterday’s message it sunk in that it is a challenge for all of us and it doesn’t have to feel natural right now. It can be a decision that I choose to make and by doing that, it will become more of a part of what I do and who I am. Thank you. It inspires me to work harder.

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