It has been a little while since I authored a blog for Travis. I am a bit behind in that. Here is a brief list of reasons that I believe all Christians are called to be apologist.
1. Jesus was an apologist (Matthews 22:23-46). As the followers of Christ we have committed to live as Jesus did. This means we should constantly seek to glorify God in all that we say, do, and think. We also desire to be faithful to carry out the Great Commission through speaking the light of the Gospel message into the world. Sharing the Gospel is caring for the world around us.
2. Christianity is constantly under attack (Ephesians 6:12). Scrolling down many Facebook pages will provide ample evidence of the verbal assault against those who stand for Biblical truth. When we encounter a denial of the transcendent nature of the Scriptural Triune God it represents an assault on the character of God. In today’s world there are outright attacks on those who proclaim Christ as Lord, we need look no further than the violence against Christians in places like North Korea, Iran, Myanmar, or groups like Islamic State.
Most commonly in the western world, there is an apathy towards Christianity which is also a major assault. John MacArthur argues, “Unbelievers very existence is an affront to God; certainly we must risk affronting them to let them know that.”
3. Followers of Christ are to contend for the faith. When we look to the examples presented by Peter, Stephen, Philip, and Paul we repeatedly witness the early church carrying out bold proclamation of the Christian worldview. Jude 1:3 reminds us: “I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” The Christian message demands that our attention and energy be devoted to asserting truth claims that are evident within the created order of the universe as designed by the Creator in whose image humans are created (Genesis 1:27). Contending for the Creator is what sets Christians apart from the rest of the world.
4. False doctrines must be corrected. When in Athens, Paul pointed out the schizophrenic and irrational religiosity that was advocated by Epicurean and Stoic philosophers of the time. In today’s politically charged culture, where people of faith are continually told not to offend because of their beliefs, the most offensive thing that can be done is to claim that someone is, or can be wrong. Yet, for Christians, the most loving thing that we can do is to draw the lost sheep into the pen of our Heavenly shepherd through polite and reasoned discourse. Titus 1:9 encourages us: “holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.”
These four reasons are not comprehensive, but they provide a foundation for the Scriptural charge that Christians be able and willing to defend the faith. The only rational system that provides a solid consistent basis for evangelizing is one that embraces apologetics as a cornerstone. So rather than deny your responsibility to “always be ready” begin to prepare adequately for the task you have been assigned as a follower of Christ. Prepare your reasoned defense.