1 Peter 3:15
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” (NIV)
I’ve had a bit of a burden on my soul since Easter.
That was when—just days prior to the biggest Christian holiday of the year—Maclean’s Magazine published an article calling the existence of Jesus into question despite the fact that he’s the most historically documented figure in the history of the planet.
A part of what frustrated me was how biased—and, in places, factually incorrect—the article was. Why would Maclean’s publish an article like that? And why do it at that time of year?
(To read my full response to Maclean’s, check out the link below.)
When it first came out I thought to myself, ‘Oh brother, here we go again.’ But after that feeling passed, it just made me upset. Why? Because I’m fatigued with cheap attacks against Jesus and our faith.
Then—and this is what has stuck with me since April—I felt motivated to more robustly understand and defend my faith with humility and confidence.
I hope you feel the same way.
British Prime Minister David Cameron says that Christians are the “most persecuted group in the world today.” Let that sink in for a second.
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t pretend to be one of the persecuted. Cameron is talking about people in dire situations in various parts of the world. But I do think that the Maclean’s article masks a rising tide of hostility toward Christ, Christianity and Christians here in North America (where many of you are reading this).
In 1 Peter 3:15 we read, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…”
Are you prepared to do that?
Maybe you’re not sure. Maybe this whole Jesus thing is new to you. But if you’re mature in your faith, how are you helping others understand and express what they believe? And if you’re new, what are you doing to prepare yourself?
Grounding yourself in gentleness and respect, if someone were to ask you to defend your faith in Jesus, what would YOU say?
By Matthew Ruttan
- “Did Jesus really exist? – My response to the strange claims of Maclean’s magazine.” That’s my new blog that I reference in today’s “Up!” You can read it here. I should mention that it’s more in-depth than some of my other blogs. But I hope it’s a real help to those who believe, to those who aren’t sure, and to those who are just curious.