“The missionary work of the non-professional missionary is to live his daily life in Christ, and therefore with a difference, and to be able to share the reason and cause of the difference to men who see it. His preaching is essentially private conversation, and has at the back of it a life which explains and illustrates and enforces his words. It is such missionary work that the world needs today. Everybody, Christian and pagan alike, respects such work. When it is so done, men wonder, and inquire into the secret of a life which they instinctively admire and covet for themselves.”
–Roland Allen (1869-1947, Non-Professional Missionaries) as quoted by Warren Cole Smith in A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church.
If only every single Christian would come to understand this concept. If only this would be the plea from pulpits, rather than a plea to fulfill the ministers ministry vision. If only Christians would actually be Christians, rather than consumers in an industrialized engine of greed, power, and tax-free monopolies. If only Christians would get out of their Christian ghettos, whether they be living rooms or sanctuaries, and get on with living the life Christ crucified and resurrected!