A Humble Apologetic
In the last decade or so, more and more people have shown interest in the topic of apologetics. In a recent article in Christianity Today the author relates a story regarding the popularity of apologetic courses in a more well-known school in British Columbia. It goes on to tell us that more and more students enrolled and that the courses became the most popular on campus. This shows that, even among young people, the task of apologetics is taken seriously. I believe the reason for this is that more and more unbelievers pose important questions that make the believer think through their faith they hold so dear. It has become extremely important to know how to articulate our faith, and the unbeliever has stressed this importance of apologetics. We, therefore, can be glad that more attention is given to this vital branch of theology.
Many Christians have been reluctant to engage in apologetics due to some of the aspects that conjure up negative feelings, especially argumentation. Many good and sincere Christians are hesitant to argue with an unbeliever regarding the validity of their faith. It shows, in their opinion, intolerance and arrogance that have no place in the life of a Christian. We do well to heed the words of Peter, “In your heart honor Christ the Lord as holy, always be prepared to make a defense (apologia) to anyone who asks you for the reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15). The latter clause in this statement is most important. In our apologetic, we remain humble and reliant upon the Holy Spirit and respect the person who is struggling and lost. It is of utmost importance that we view the apologetic task as a ministry to lead unbelievers to the Truth and ground the believer in the faith.