It’s weekend again and I guess you had a great start for the weekend. Have a seat, sip a tea and bite on a biscuit as we delve into the field of Apologetics. Yes, we are talking about Christian defence of his faith and not “I’m sorry”.
“But in your heart, set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the Hope you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15
Today we will focus on the last sentence of this verse, “… But do this with gentleness and respect.” As a Christian Apologist, your main goal is to win souls not to win arguments or debates. You may win an argument but lose the soul. It will be better to lose an argument and win a soul than the vice versa. We should always remember that Apologetics is an Evangelistic tool with the prime motive to win souls for Christ.
Apologetics is not just vocal or verbal but also the way of life. The best form of Apologetics is the way we live our lives as Christians. We cannot preach virtues and practice vices. According to Philippians 2 :5-11, we should have the mind of Christ in us and always seek the interest of others. The heart of an Apologist should emulate that of Christ in every aspect especially in Humility.
We should be gentle with anyone who asks a question of the reason for our faith. We should always know that behind the question is the questioner. Probe further to know the reason for such a question. This will help you address the situation or circumstances the questioner finds himself or herself, but always do this with respect. Our Lord Jesus Christ, most often, used questions to know the intent of His questioners.
Don’t try answering questions you have no knowledge about with the purpose of pleasing your audience or questioner. You won’t die by saying “please I don’t know the answer to the question but will make a research on it and get back to you.”
Have a wonderful weekend and stay tuned for the next session on Apologetics. See you soon