Christianity and Introversion
I was reading a book earlier today entitled Quiet by Susan Cain that focuses on why America places such a huge focus on being an extrovert. As an introvert, I was curious as to what she had to say. Interestingly enough, in part of this book Cain meets with an Evangelist who feels that perhaps he isn’t doing enough for God because he isn’t an extrovert, especially when he is surrounding by those that are outspoken and seemingly have more “personality.”
As an introvert anda Christian, this point was very interesting to me. True, the Lord tells us to go out and disciple all nations (Matthew 28:19–20) but the Lord doesn’t say anything about having to be an extrovert to do it. Furthermore, there are many people in the Bible that I would call introverts. Jesus Himself went early in the morning each day to pray by Himself. He also often told His disciples to leave for some place else while He stayed alone.
Being quiet and introspective has nothing to do with whether or not you live a life that is pleasing to God. And I don’t want to claim that in what I hope will be a short post to prove it but that I will give you some facts that will help you prove my point.
Let’s take a look at Moses, who led the Israelites out of Egypt. People often forget that he had a stutter and that he in no uncertain terms was not comfortable talking to Pharaoh or leading anyone. Just read Exodus 3–4.
10 And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.
11 And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord?
12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.
13 And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.
We can also look at Paul (formerly Saul), the man who wrote most of the New Testament. Paul was a religious scholar, learned and wise but he was not an eloquent speaker. He admits that Apollos was a better orator but states that is not what is important, only the message that is being shared. think of it this way, if Paul was a good speaker, would he have written down the letters we study in Scripture today?
There is also a case for Daniel who was greatly beloved by God and sat with many different kings during his lifetime, offering them wisdom and the interpretations of their dreams. How often was it that Daniel was looking to do something for these powerful men? Oftentimes, Daniel hears of a situation and then offers his help or others go looking for him, not the other way around.
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
1 Corinthians 1:27–28
If God’s wisdom is greater than ours, if His ways are greater than ours, doesn’t this mean that we cannot claim to know who He will use, for what purpose, or why He will use them? The Lord used Moses but He also used Aaron. He used Paul and Apollos. He used Joseph and Solomon.
I apologize for this rant but I was just really shocked by the idea that those who are more introspective aren’t allowing God to use them as they should. Perhaps they won’t be used on a stage but maybe God has called them to help those experiencing homelessness, to work with the youth, to reach that one soul in their Bible Study group. It worries me that there may be other believers who aren’t ambiverts or extraverts wondering whether or not they are truly saved because they don’t high-five everyone when they attend a church event or because sometimes after a long day of socializing they like to be alone for hours or even days of quiet reflection to cool down.
This is just me saying that God can and will use whoever he chooses and that some manmade standard of who makes for a more likeable person or a better leader has absolutely nothing to do with your walk with Christ.
What do you think?
Originally published at https://riseholy2019.medium.com on October 31, 2020.