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The Heresy of Quiet Times

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“Jesus happens in quiet times.” Growing up, I remember a minister consistently using this line to guilt us into regular quiet times. We were told that these daily times of personal prayer and Bible study were what made us Christians. We were not alone. Throughout the Christian faith, there exists this strange idea that quiet times are the base line of Christian practice. This is heresy. When Jesus declared that he would be incarnate in the least of these, we were shown what the base line of Christianity is…speaking up. While I am by no means opposed to personal prayer or Bible study, I am opposed placing a supremacy on quiet times. In a world where people are regularly being oppressed and marginalized to death, we need less quiet times and more loud times of prophetic resistance. “Jesus happens in loud times.”

Amen.

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