I walked into the doctor's office today to pick up some prescription pills (horse tranquilizers and heroine, btw) and had to sit down and wait for a little bit. Beside me were two pastors in their late 50's talking about ministerial issues and church life. Their voices were obnoxiously loud, and everyone else in the room had no choice but to politely listen in on their conversation. I almost wanted to walk out in embarresment for their sakes, but realized that they may have taken this either as a sign of 'conviction' or moderate persecution.
I knew what they were doing, and it was a whacky and annoying way of doing it. To be sure, the Christian ought to conduct himself without a speck of shame as to his faith in Jesus Christ, but too often it seems that our evangelical techniques are without a speck of authenticity. Had those two gentlemen been talking about how much trouble they are having loving their wives, or conversely how much they love their wives, they wouldn't be saying such things for the sake of those about them...and I bet you the tone would be a little more hushed. The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded.....and are far more authentic, I might add.