Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.
1 Peter 3:15, KJV
Last Friday, Ken Ham, the founder of Answers in Genesis, was on campus to speak. According to the professor of my Apologetics & Worldview class, his name is one of those names I should automatically recognize, because apparently he’s a real mover and shaker in creation science today. Touché.
After listening to Ken Ham speak and doing a little research to learn more about Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum in Cincinnati, I got a niggling sort of feeling that I’ve been slacking.
I was convicted about this a couple of years ago. The need for me to know why I believe what I believe became especially clear when, a couple of years ago, a group of solid Christian friends and I had an interesting conversation with a drunk evolutionist in downtown Greenville (the Hasarah desert is in Egypt? Really?).
“Be prepared to tell people why you have this hope.” Anyone who wants to have an effective ministry, according the Bible, should be prepared to tell people why. What reasons do I have to believe that what I believe is real?
If evolution (or Islam, or Mormonism, or whatever) is the main philosophy that opposes Christianity today, then why don’t more Christians figure out how to talk to these people?
If our mission on earth is to tell the world about Jesus, then what excuse do we have to continue failing as apologists, as people who know that we have real foundations on which to stake our faith?
If we’re to tell the world about Jesus, then why, in Sunday School and VBS and Wednesday night meetings, do we teach the same Bible stories over and over again–and not the defense of the faith? Why don’t we dig into the opposition’s arguments and find out for what reasons we have to believe what we believe?
Are we so afraid that our faith isn’t really defend-able?