Rachel Held Evans posted an interview with Derek Webb on her blog. It includes the following wise statement:
I have simply tried to avoid giving short answers to questions for which there are no short answers. And I know there is a real temptation in our culture that we must. But that is a lie. Just because someone asks doesn’t mean you have to answer, especially if goes against what feels like wisdom or against your conscience. So I do think there can be moments to make bold public statements, but one must always do so in a way that is loving and measured, never cavalier.
And if you’re ever cornered into a complex situation, do what Jesus did: ask a follow-up. Answer with a question. Make sure you understand what’s being asked and who is asking before you even consider answering. Anything less is irresponsible and reckless, if not a destructive witness.