Perhaps he didn’t need to say it. In fact, I wish he hadn’t. Because it is easily one of the favorite things for evangelical college students today to say, and what they mean by it is that words aren’t necessary.
They are wrong. The gospel is good news, not pantomime.
Yes, many of them want to feed the hungry, build houses for the poor and save the planet. They want to act out the story of Jesus as best they can without having to understand it or explain it.