I believe faith is a private matter. We shouldn’t talk about it too much. Believe it or not, these are the exact words I heard from a believer.
Let’s apply that logic elsewhere: I am a doctor, but I don’t think I should diagnose patients or prescribe medicine. Who am I to tell a sick person that they are sick? I know the choices they are making are unhealthy and will ultimately kill them, but, you know, it might make them uncomfortable or something. Instead I’ll go to the doctor school where all the other doctors are and talk about doctoring. Maybe I can learn more about the history of medicine. Maybe I can talk about vaccines, but never actually use one.
I could point you in many directions, least of which is the Great Commission (Matt. 28:16-20). Keeping with the doctor motif, how about Mark 2:17? How about lighting a candle and placing it under a basket (Matt. 5:15)? Can’t use the light & salt if you keep it in the pantry, can you? No, you gotta get it out!
If no one is asking you about your faith, ASK WHY NO ONE IS ASKING!
Have I become a Secret Service agent for Christ instead of an Ambassador? Am I so deep undercover that I have forgotten why I am there? This is not our home. We are just sojourning here. So for the breath of a time that we are here, let us spend that breath in a worthwhile fashion: proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ! Not keeping it private.
So, I am going to have to disagree with the first statement: faith should be anything but private. In fact, we should talk about it more. Is there anything else to talk about really?