"Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary." This quote is attributed to St. Francis of Assisi. The problem, as Glenn Stanton notes, is that St. Francis never said it. Stanton writes,
It is always attributed to St. Francis of Assisi — founder of the Franciscan Order — and is intended to say that proclaiming the Gospel by example is more virtuous than actually proclaiming with voice. It is a quote that has often rankled me because it seems to create a useless dichotomy between speech and action. Besides, the spirit behind it can be a little arrogant, intimating that those who "practice the Gospel" are more faithful to the faith than those who preach it.
I agree with Stanton. Christians proclaim the Good News in word and in deed. It is not an either/or matter; it is a both/and command. Of course, we certainly should be discerning about when when to open our mouths and when to keep them closed, but that is a different matter entirely (HT on Stanton's post goes to Francis Beckwith).
I wrote my Th.M thesis on the Christian ethicist, Paul Ramsey and his application of the Just War Tradition to the conflict in Vietnam. So, I am very interested in the discussion taking place right now on the issue of just war and cyberwarfare. Three authors ask the question, "Is It Possible to Wage a Just Cyberwar?" Two other thinkers,