Incomparable magnetism

I firmly believe that apologetics will become increasingly important for Christians.

“Apologetics” is the art of defending and explaining the faith.

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but Christianity is increasingly misunderstood. There’s a lot of misinformation floating around. And, in general, as our society continues to be confused about morality, there is a lot of hostility toward those who claim to know something about God’s truth, even when they share it in a loving and humble way.

But a lot of us feel unprepared to defend and explain our faith. When someone confronts and criticizes us, it’s easy to feel defensive or get flustered. So today I’d like to give you some advice.

Make it about Jesus.

I don’t want to dissuade you from becoming more intellectually robust in your faith. I think that’s a good thing. But at the same time, you don’t need to have all the perfect answers or arguments.

Jesus, standing tall and radiating integrity, is a power unto himself of incomparable magnetism.

Maybe say something like, “You know, I don’t have all the answers, but when Jesus said…” or “The reason this is important to me is because of Christ’s example when he…”

(You get the idea.)

C.S. Lewis talked about a similar approach. He said that when it comes to Christianity you are not faced “with an argument which demands your assent, but with a Person who demands your confidence.”

Hebrews 12:2 (NLT) describes Jesus as “the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” It’s about how awesome he is, not how bulletproof your arguments are.

Jesus, standing tall and radiating integrity, is a power unto himself of incomparable magnetism.

Keep bringing it back to him.

By Matthew Ruttan

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