But we urge you, beloved…, to aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we directed you, so that you may behave properly toward outsiders and be dependent on no one.
Wives, in the same way, accept the authority of your husbands, so that, even if some of them do not obey the word, they may be won over without a word by their wives’ conduct, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.
We recently watched a dated PBS documentary, The Amish: People of Preservation (1975), John L. Ruth, John A. Hostettler. Less than an hour, worth the watch. One of the points made was that the Amish ordinarily say little or nothing at all. They believe their lives should speak to outsiders, even I suppose to each other. They certainly talk among themselves, and their preachers go on and on in their worship services.
That spoke to me, and I remember what James tells us:
You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness.
There’s nothing important than the way we live, and why we live that way. Whatever truth is out there is much more caught than taught. “Do as I say, not as I do,” does little or no good for anyone. God wants to break through to where we live, where the rubber meets the road, not just here and there or in a few things, but in everything. And we can be thankful for that. In and through Jesus.