Who Needs Apologetics?
Message #1 in the series
C. David Ragland, Jr
Over the years, I’ve had many people ask me why I bother responding to Christianity’s critics. After all, shouldn’t we simply live out our faith, share it with those who are receptive, and let God deal with the unbelievers?
In this message, let’s consider two (2) simple points:
1.) If Christianity is about being a follower of Christ, the Christian ought to defend the truth as Jesus did.
2.) The critics of Christianity aren’t always people we’ll never come in contact with. Almost everyone has a family member or friend who struggles with their faith Christ or is even full-fledged unbeliever.
Our first point is self explanatory, so let’s consider the following hypothetical scenario to buttress our second.
Jesse Ventura said, “Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people’s business.”
Men like Ventura often have pervasive, negative influence in our society because of their celebrity status. For example, Ventura was a popular pro wrestler and, to everyone’s amazement, was even duly elected as the Governor of Minnesota (!)
So, what do we do when little Johnny says, “Mom, I don’t wanna go to Church today. Jesse Ventura said . . .”
Now, Mom can tell the kid, “You’re going to Church because I said so, boy! Ventura is nobody’s role model!” Yet will a mere assertion of parental authority counteract little Johnny’s disillusionment, or only galvanize his rebellion? The truth that all people, willful children included, want and need the truth explained to them. Apologetics, as a ministry, works to that end (1 Pet 3:15).
We are called to be disciples of Christ and discipleship includes the emulation of our Lord (Jn 14:12). Christ was most assuredly the greatest Defender of our faith. He defended it to grave and back. Also, a working knowledge of Apologetics is a dire necessity for all Christians. We never know when the Enemy will come to very own homes.
Please reference the following resources:
2.) Website: God And Science .info
3.) Webpage: Why Defend Christianity?
5.) Video: How to Completely Refute Atheism