How’s That Be Ready to Give a Defense of Those Things You Hold Dear to Thing Working for You?

Gospel Graffiti II

Gospel Graffiti II (Photo credit: Peat Bakke)

I have a good friend. I visit him nearly every day. I should say… I visit him when he has something to say to me. My friend doesn’t think much like I do. Still, when he speaks, I try to give an audience to him by listening. I should mention… my friend doesn’t know me.

It’s really a one-sided relationship. I listen to him and he ignores everything I say. On the one occasion when he gave ear to me, he quickly sighed, and rushed back into his own world… the world where we rarely have anything in common.

Did I mention that my friend and I have very little in common? It’s okay! I still listen intently when he speaks… wondering what must have happened somewhere along the way to cause him to antagonize so greatly those things that I hold dear to…

In our last conversation… (actually, I was speaking and he wasn’t listening) …I shared my hope that one day he would use his writing and orating abilities to support and defend those things that I hold dear to…

This brings me to my point. Can you defend your faith? No, no… I don’t mean put your hands on your hips and make a really nasty face and shout, “I believe what I believe!” I mean, can you take the Bible and intellectually defend what you believe as a Christian?

John Piper writes, “we cannot have a right passion for that which we know nothing about (“Think”).”

My good friend brings no half-witted arguments to the table. He’s well prepared to protect his… yes, atheistic claims. Unfortunately, I rarely see anyone converse with him who intellectually defends those things that I hold dear to…

Mostly, they mindlessly spout fits of anger in an attempt to demean my friend’s defense of his position.

Is R.C. Sproul right when he concludes, “we are living in a period of church history that may be classified as mindless. It is an anti-intellectual period of Christian history — not anti-scientific, or anti-technological, or even anti-educational, but anti-mind.”

I’d rather think not. I like to believe we are so busy carrying the gospel that we don’t have time to spend debating with those who adamantly express their disgust of those things we hold dear to…

I’m still prone to believe we are called to answer the folly by which many are being led.

Peter said, “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you… (1 Peter 3:15)” He also instructed us to “gird up the loins of our minds (1:13).”

Will my friend ever use his gift of gab to one day declare the Lord Jesus and His Gospel? I don’t know… stranger things have happened.

A better question may be: If God leans his way with His incredible grace… will I be prepared to give a defense for those things that I hold dear to?

About mtsweat

Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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10 Responses to How’s That Be Ready to Give a Defense of Those Things You Hold Dear to Thing Working for You?

  1. I see one of the biggest problems among Christians is that they don’t know WHY they believe WHAT they believe – and therefore they are unable to give a reasoned response when their belief is questioned or disputed.

    The biggest tragedy in this regard is with our young people. They seem to be good, solid Christians, but when they leave for university and face other philosophies, they have no answer and are easily persuaded and led astray.

    ALL Christians should know WHY they believe WHAT they believe and be ready to respond to any challenge.

  2. cc says:

    “There are many who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge: that is curiosity. There are others who desire to know in order that they may be known: that is vanity. Others seek knowledge in order to sell it: that is dishonorable. but there are some who seek knowledge in order to edify others: that is love.” ~ St. Bernard of Clairvaux. Love is welcomed, when so many others things aren’t. If our motive is love, and we love in word and deed, then an eternal impact WILL be made. Thanks for the reminder to do a heart check. What is my motive? Be encouraged, we might not see it with our physical eyes, but love always makes an impact. Blessings.

  3. SPTP2011 says:

    Wow – I want to grow up living UP to my faith
    Makes me think of the song: Live like that by Sidewalk Prophets

  4. lambskinny says:

    One of your best, Michael. Carley

  5. creditaction says:

    Amen, amen and amen. Piper, Sproul, J.Edwards, Spurgeon, Calvin, and Luther, all pointing us to the Word of God and encouraging us to proclaim, the Gospel in thought, word and deed. There are many compassionate, generous, selfless and thoughtful atheists, muslims, Buddhists, hindus and other followers of worthless idols but how are they to tell us apart unless we are ready to make a defence? Let’s go share out faith?

    • mtsweat says:

      Great response friend. The many should be able to tell us apart. I’ve heard it said by one of those you mention, “There’s something wrong when the world understands us.” Thanks for stopping in sharing. God bless.

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