Recently, I’ve taken a special interest in Apologetics, or the defense of Christian truth claims. In light of this, one of my spiritual leaders has asked me to begin a class on the subject. My audience doesn’t really know what Apologetics is. Which brings me to my thought:
What ELSE do Christians not know?
Now, I get that we cannot know everything. Heck, I would venture so far to say that we will never know half there is to know. But the alarming trend I’ve come across is the fact that many, if not most, Christians don’t know near enough about their faith to articulate, let alone defend it.
And we wonder why we’re made fun of. Why we are called all kinds of things:
And those are just a few.
I do understand that not all are called to preach, teach, etc. Yet the fact remains that most Christians cannot even name all of the Ten Commandments. They know nothing of David and Goliath, Jonah and the great fish, Elijah on Mount Carmel, or even Noah and the Ark. Christians today are standing on shaky foundation.
“But isn’t Jesus enough? To know and love him isn’t all there is?”
Sadly, little Christian, that is only the beginning. Christ is the center, but it’s his Word that reveals who he is, what he’s done (and doing), and what he wants us to do. So where’s my support for all this?
James 1:22 says, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.“
It’s not enough to listen to a preacher. We must dig into the Word ourselves. A great friend of mine once said, “Greg, if our sermons are the only Word people get during the week, shame on them, and shame on us for not teaching them how to feed themselves.”
Next, Hebrews 11:6a says, “And without faith it is impossible to please him.” Follow that up with this one: “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17)
So, if we don’t have faith we can’t please God. How does faith come? By the word of Christ.
Reading + Scripture= Faith
Faith= God that’s pleased with you.
I could spend a whole lot of time unpacking a TON of verses on this, and this post may, one day, get a sequel. Yet for now, I’m only going to address one more point:
The Apologetics Verse.
1 Peter 3:15 says, “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.“
The Greek word for “defense” here is the word apologia. It carries a legal meaning to it, and from this word is derived the term Apologetics. So, it’s not an apology in terms of correcting a wrong, but instead is a defense of what we believe. In other words, when our faith is put on trial, we are charged with being the Defense Attorneys.
Yet how can you defend something if you know nothing about it? How can an attorney prove his client’s innocence if he doesn’t even have enough evidence to make an opening statement?
Fellow Christians, it’s time to get real and get in the Word. Because God’s on trial, and the evidence is clear. He just needs some good defenders.
Our God is the Grandmaster of the Universe. His creation screams that he is an intelligent God. Take one look at the cosmos and you can see it was not made randomly, or with ignorance.
If we are created in the image of God, and he is an intellectual being, then why are we content to live in ignorance? Ponder that for a bit.
(And yes, this is getting a follow-up.)