The apostle Paul said we should do our best to live peaceably with everyone (Romans 12:18). In other words, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. Evidently, that did not mean we should conceal our testimony, because Jesus said we’re the light of the world, and we should never hide that light (Matthew 5:14–16).
How should we behave when we are among those who might not agree with us? Are we too ashamed to speak up, or would we be wise to keep quiet?
We do well to follow Jesus’ advice when he sent his disciples out, saying, “Be wise as snakes, harmless as doves.” Wouldn’t it be nice if we knew what that meant?
Snakes make no noise as they slither in, unnoticed. And that’s the way we should be, not making a big deal of our presence but not compromising our values, either.
Unlike a blue jay, which will defend its nest in a vigorous fight, the dove will abandon its nest at the slightest sign of trouble. So Jesus was saying we need not argue with people, because that wouldn’t convince them of anything. Just leave and slip in somewhere else, unashamed, eager to tell your story of how God changed your life.
With great pride, I declare the life-changing message of Jesus Christ, for it has the power to restore our fellowship with God, beginning with the Jews and then reaching out to everyone else. — Romans 1:16 paraphrase