Thoughts on Evangelism, Apologetics, and Witness
Here are some random thoughts on evangelism, apologetics, and witness:
1) There will be times when speaking to unbelievers will feel like pulling teeth. Why? Because too often, the non-Christian thinks they know what Christianity is all about, while in fact, they know next to nothing about the historic Christian faith.
2) Picking up from point 1, remember that ignorance and arrogance often go hand in hand (Yes, I did get that from a Metallica song-years ago-but I have no better way of stating it). Some people think they know it all (including Christian apologists!) and real dialogue cannot take place. Maturity must occur, often in both parties, before eyes are opened and ears are unstopped.
Stay true to the wise words of the Savior, “Do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they turn and trample you.” (click here for a helpful application of this to apologetics)
3) Do make sure that in all evangelizing and commending the faith that you clearly press the point that you’re not merely talking about feeling, or personal preferences. Too often this is exactly how non-Christians hear us. They believe that we’re pig-headed or snobbish. How dare we think that our feelings are more important than those of other religions? Of course, we’re not saying that at all. We’re making comments about the real world and real history. Christianity is the true story of the whole world for the whole world.
4) Be encouraged. When you feel like you’ve wasted all that time you’ve invested- minutes, hours, days and month- is speaking to someone about Christianity, the truth is those moments are never wasted. They always serve God’s purpose, whether in redemption or judgment (cf. 2 Cor. 2:14-16). God’s word never fails to serve it’s intended purposes (Is. 55:11). As James White is fond of saying, “Our job is to proclaim the truth, not to edit it.”