Silence can be golden. When you can no longer use words, your actions speak for you. Last week, a beloved and prominent pastor in San Antonio was called home to be with the Lord. Rev. Buckner Fanning was remembered for his commitment to interfaith cooperation and his inspirational 30-second TV spots declaring God’s love and the offer of salvation to the world. In the later days of his illness, his son Steve Fanning said “his father could not put two words together. Bucker Fanning saw a physical therapist for six months, until the doctor said nothing more could be done. But you know, without (Buckner) saying a word, after six months, that physical therapist became a Christian.” Sometimes, it’s not what you say but what you do.
1 Peter 3:1-7
3 Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear.
Silence is golden in a marriage where one partner is a nonbeliever. Over time, no amount of cajoling, nagging or manipulation will move your spouse to consider Christ. This verse addresses the wife whose husband is not in the faith and thus not obedient to the word of God. He may no longer listen but he can still see. Your life must be a testament to the God you serve eliciting awe from those that observe your conduct, disposition and compassion. I do not know what Buckner Fanning did for those six months as he worked with his physical therapist, but whatever it was it inspired admiration and a desire to know the God Buckner served. Maybe you have said enough already. Try silence and may the works you do speak for you.