I often hear from a wide swath of Christian sources the glorious quote: “Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.” Most often it is attributed to St. Francis of Assisi—founder of the Franciscan Order. And when I hear it, it is usually accompanied with a follow up interpretation: let your actions do your talking for you. That too is a beautiful sentiment. But we mustn’t stretch the maxim too far, lest we lose sight of the essential—sometimes words are absolutely necessary. The Bible comes to mind.
And with that, I shall end these words.
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