Silence can, too often, imply an admission of guilt; a lack of courage… lack of confidence; avoiding the truth; the inability to make a significant decision… low self-esteem; the lack of a plan; an excuse for failure; or failing to do due-diligence. Silence is akin to ‘taking the 5th.’ Seemingly… having something to hide.
Silence can also be an indication of poor… or the lack of…good Leadership. One must make a conscious decision to be silent. WHY? While there are exceptions…I’m always leery of SILENCE. (Libraries, funerals, etc. are exceptions).
In my career span…I just don’t bother… I don’t waste my time… on the silent type. Sure… I may have missed some real opportunities. My best is, though… I’m far better off. Sure… now, if I see something “hidden” in the deepness of someone’s personality… I may take some extra time trying to figure ‘it’ out…. But, not much. In other words; I’m not ‘completely closed.’
I know… the bible says…There is “A time to keep silent, and a time to speak” – Ecclesiastes 3:7. Being quiet can be a struggle, but it can also be a good virtue to have. The Bible commends those who are able to keep the peace and listen, however, discourages being quiet due to timidness. Through God’s words we can be empowered to speak out for it can lead to great things.
The thing about being silent… is this: If you are too quite… no one knows what your point is; what you plan is; what you are all about; what your intention might be… or where you’re coming from. And, if you’re about “God’s Work,” then… there is ‘no room’ for the STRONG SILENT type… no matter the ‘good intentions’ one might have.
The bible probably has some 30 odd scriptures supporting the idea of ‘holding one’s tongue.’ And, they’re all good and applicable… I’m not trying to discount any of them. But my ‘point of application’ can be found in one that strongly implies… the opposite.
We’re told in Matthew 28:19-20… The Great Commission: So you must go and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And you can be sure that I am always with you, to the very end.”
Tell me then… how does one follow the “Great Commission” with his mouth in silence? How did Jesus teach in the Synagogue? How did the ‘great leaders’ of scripture do their jobs… of leading and teaching? How were the Apostles able to fulfil their roles given them by the Holy Spirit? None was possible with a ‘closed mouth.’
So, while ‘Silence is Golden’…. We’re ‘also told’ in 1 Peter 3:15-16 – But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.
Are you the Silent Type… or outspoken…about the ‘word of God?’
…Blessings ….cjlb… 8/17/2017