I was thinking about Facebook and how in the future we may be spied on and then I was thinking there may come a time in the future when we may be persecuted but why put yourself in line to be persecuted now? If you have a record for being a persistent 'troublemaker' as the Progressive order seems to see most Christians as being then you're going to be one of the first against the wall when the time comes.
You don't want to get fired from your job because you've been shouting down evil for the last decade, or because of some Evangelical remark you once posted on Twitter five years ago.
Some people have a calling, pastors for example. They are meant to express their views to large groups of people. Other Christians are terrible at preaching - they are bad public speakers and are best keeping quiet. They may be good writers though and perhaps they could do online witnessing such as blogging.
There may come a time when we may all have to boldly stand up and declare who we are and what we think - no holds barred and just before we're dragged off to be arrested, but why rock the boat now when we could be doing so much other good work but still keeping a low profile? It can be easy to witness to one person at a time, once you have gained that person's trust especially if you're a Christian alone in a non-Christian community - no point preaching openly if you're surrounded by lovers of vice. It might work, but you might just get yourself lynched and then you're no use to anybody!
Have you heard the news? We are being spied on now
Well we know we are not trouble makers...but since the world is topsy turvy with right being wrong and wrong being right, we can expect worse to come
I personally think we should proceed as we normally would without paranoia. When I was in universtiy, I spoke up in class when someone made remarks that were lies and I will witness
as I feel led to do but I have never been an 'in your face' kind of person anyway...granted I do have things to say here on this forum, but it is a board for discussion so that basically
defines what we are all here for anyway LOL!
Seriously, I find one on one witnessing to be great...and we are definately not all pastors and God does not expect us to all be the same thing either but if you pray and expect God to
lead you by His Spirit, He will open doors for you to share your faith if you want to. I do believe God actually does expect that much or little of us.
But I agree about facebook and all the other social sharing sites. I am not highly social by nature but it seems some people have found their calling in life....blabbing all over the internet
about every thought in their head and picking fights and giving people a piece of their mind....just ignore it and move on.
Frankly, I would, as you say, 'preach openly' if I thought I should but I would not do so in my own power or because I wanted to lay down the law.
I guess if we find ourself 'lynched' by spreading the gospel and we did so because the Holy Spirit led us to share, then perhaps it was God's time? Many missionairies have given their life in
service to God and take a look at the writers of the NT. That may give you a bit of a different perspective.
I certainly agree with not kicking empty cans down the road, but IMO, hiding or deliberately saying nothing when the situation actually would warrant some statement, is not how I want to live either