Silence Speaks Volumes

One of the areas some people like to argue for the reason a Christian should not be part of the Public Schools, is the limitations that teachers have in being able to share their faith openly in the classroom and the challenges that Christian students will face. While it is true that Christian teachers can not spend a large percentage of time speaking about the Lord, it does not mean that a Christian teacher will have no influence in the lives of their students. Just because a Christian student will be surrounded by students who do not have the same belief system, does not mean that they will never influence others for Christ. In fact I believe that there is Biblical evidence that sometimes silence is far better than speaking.The other morning I was reading my morning devotions and I came to a passage of scripture that to many would seem like a strange instruction given to us by the Lord. In context this passage of scripture is talking about a Christian wife’s responsibility to an unsaved husband and the importance of her testimony. But I believe we can take principles from this passage of scripture that apply to life in general. Here is the passage:

I Peter 3:1-2 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;

While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.

In this passage of scripture, we have a Christian wife, and an unsaved husband. God has told that wife to be submissive to her husband even though he does not know Christ, and has chosen to reject the Word of God. Christian Public School teachers are required to be submissive to the rules of the governing body of the public school system, even though the rules in particular do not favor that of a Christian belief system, and by and large the Bible has been rejected by the schools as a whole.

The verses though do not give the instruction to simply to be submissive, but also that the wife is to live by example what the Word of God speaks. The word conversation is not so much the wife constantly telling her husband of his need of salvation, but the lifestyle the wife lives in front of her husband. The winning to Christ of her rejecting husband, is going to come by her godly example, her pure lifestyle, and the fear of the Lord. Christian Public School teachers must be conscious of their limitations when it comes to speaking of the Word of God. Christian students must be conscious of the constant attack they will face against their own belief systems. But if  both the students and the teachers will live their lives that is godly and pure before their peers and pupils, many will come to inquire and know about the God of whom they serve. This is not just a tip to be applied to Public School though, but to life. If the conversation of your mouth is not reflected by the conversation of your life than you will not be able to have a true influence for Christ in the lives of those you are trying to reach.

Christian teachers in the realm of public schools is one of the most important things that our government education system needs. Christian students have a big impact on other students who may never hear of Christ outside the lives of those who surround them. So while I don’t believe the public school is the place for every Christian teacher or every Christian child, I do believe that the Lord has given some the call to be missionaries to the realm of government schooling. And while the Government tries to keep the name of Christ silent in their education system, sometimes “Silence Speaks Volumes”.


7 thoughts on “Silence Speaks Volumes

  1. Kate August 16, 2013 / 8:32 am

    I agree with this. I am a Christian school teacher (and have to be for the reasons you state -I don’t think I, personally, could separate my faith from my teaching), but I am so glad that there are Christian teachers in public schools. I have many friends who are, and I know they are a very positive influence on their students ( and even get to converse from time to time) and on their co-workers. That is a huge open door!

    Lifestyles speak volumes, and I believe God will open doors at the right time as well to actually use words!

    Thanks for a great reminder!

    • sidmcbride August 16, 2013 / 1:08 pm

      Thank you Kate for your service as a Christian School teacher. No matter where you teach at this principle is a great one to remember in your life. As a Youth Pastor, I don’t always know what to say or do when a teenager seems to struggle through life, but I know if I keep on showing them how awesome it is to live for God, that even if they never seek my advice, they will have the opportunity to see how good it is to live for Christ!

      • Kate August 16, 2013 / 1:10 pm

        Very glad people like you are in their lives! They need it desperately!! Thank you!

  2. cultivatingchanyn August 16, 2013 / 9:31 am

    I agree! I have many friends that are Christians who work in the public school system. I’m confident that the love of Christ they show there students are seeds planted in their lives.
    I personally homeschool my children but I know that isn’t what’s right for all families. I have an example of how “Silence Speaks Volumes.” My two oldest girls caddied for their summer job this year. The other caddies and golfers continually use profanity. My girls obviously didn’t use that language in conversations with them but also didn’t criticize them for using it. On more than one occasion they were asked why they didn’t swear. God had given them the perfect opportunity to share their faith and testimony with others willing to listen. So, God can use our “Silence” to witness to others!
    Be blessed.

    • sidmcbride August 16, 2013 / 1:06 pm

      Thank you for your input! I grew up being taught the principle of being a living testimony myself. I have always believed in the importance of it, but had never considered it in light of school. Since I went to Christian schools and was homeschooled through my education years I never really considered the importance of living the testimony in those areas. I just fell in line with the rest of the crowd and did what I was supposed to do because that is what everyone else did. But now as I have children myself I am doing my best to teach them this principle while they are young. My children do not know Christ as their Savior yet, but I pray they will soon. (My children are 5, 4, and soon to be born (next week Lord willing))

  3. juliasarahelizabeth August 23, 2013 / 3:46 pm

    When I was a sign language interpreter at a public high school, my student asked many questions about God and salvation. He graduated and went to the local community college where another of our college friends became his interpreter for classes. He too asked many questions. So plant, some water, I believe someone will bring in the harvest for the Lord with that young man one day. He is one life, but God says He would search day and night for one lost soul!

    • sidmcbride August 23, 2013 / 3:54 pm

      Thank you for that testimony! God Bless you!

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