Pearls Before Swine

Q. I belong to an online art group where millions are members. Many are believers but many others are not. Recently there’s been contention over the plight of the Japanese people. Believers are encouraging everyone to pray and unbelievers are saying prayer doesn’t help. Most folks would say, “just ignore those nay-sayers and keep praying”. But I feel strongly that as a Christian, I shouldn’t feel the need to shut up and hide and should say something. What do think about this?

A. In Matt. 7:6 Jesus said, “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.”

This means it can be counter productive to try and be a witness to unbelievers in a secular environment because it just makes them angry. Down deep everyone intuitively knows there’s a God and they’re accountable to Him, but at the conscious level unbelievers have denied this and don’t like to be reminded of it, so they attack the messenger. Instead of softening people’s hearts you wind up hardening them instead.

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