“But it is from Him that you have your life in Christ Jesus, Whom God made our Wisdom from God, [revealed to us a knowledge of the divine plan of salvation previously hidden, manifesting itself as] our Righteousness [thus making us upright and putting us in right standing with God], and our Consecration [making us pure and holy], and our Redemption [providing our ransom from eternal penalty for sin].” – 1 Corinthians 1:30 AMPC
“Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” – 1 Corinthians 1:20-25 NIVUK
if you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. – Romans 10:9-10 NIVUK
In the Western world we are told to live out our faith privately. However, this stands in stark contrast with what Scripture teaches us. Paul clearly illustrates in Romans 10 that “true faith” is accompanied by public declaration. We cannot keep quiet. And why would we? The Person of Jesus Christ is the best news ever!
On a side note, the privatisation of faith is logically self-defeating. If someone tells you to be quiet about what you believe, it is appropriate to politely point out that it also means that they can therefore not publicly declare their belief that everyone else must hold their beliefs privately …
May God give us the ability to approach all conversations with grace, remembering that God loves the questioner.