by Greg West
It was a couple of months ago while having breakfast at a local eatery with Ratio Christi Field Director Tom Gilson, and my friend Gary Mundt, a local Ratio Christi chapter director, that I ran into a woman that I used to work with some twenty odd years ago who happened to ask me what I was doing now. When I told her that I worked in the field of Christian apologetics, that blank look came across her face that I am all too familiar with whenever I try to explain to people exactly what it is that I do.
As someone who is heavily involved in the apologetics community, where explaining what I do or what apologetics is, is not an issue, it’s when I get out in the church community as a whole that it becomes one. My friend J Warner Wallace, in an article he wrote on discipleship, explains why this is the case:
Most Christians have still not been exposed to Christian Case Making (apologetics) and aren’t even aware of the evidence supporting their beliefs. They’re accidental Christians. It appears most of the Church is undiscipled, at least in terms of their ability to defend what they believe. It’s time for the Church to return to its roots…to return to a form of Christian discipleship celebrating the life of the mind as the foundation for all other aspects of the Christian life. Ideas have consequences and no Christian behavior or response is possible without a rational foundation in the Scripture. When we are properly discipled, we understand the reasonable foundation for our beliefs and are ready to engage the world as Paul did in the first century. It’s time to start using the word “disciple” as a verb.
Thankfully, many churches, pastors, youth leaders, teachers, and other Christian leaders are slowly starting to get on board with the vision that J Warner Wallace (among many others) and I share- a vision that I put this way in a previous post:
In the 16th century, one of my heroes of the faith, William Tyndale, had a vision that, “the boy that drives the plow” would have the same access to the scriptures that at the time was only available to an elite group of clergy and scholars. Tyndale needed the support of financial backers to be able to translate and print the Bibles that helped him make that goal a reality. My goal for apologetics is similar.
In today’s post-Christian culture that is increasingly hostile towards those who hold a Christian worldview, and where the majority of believers are sadly ill-equipped to make a firmly grounded stand in the midst of that hostility, my goal is that every church, student, pastor, teacher, missionary, and layman will have apologetics training available to them and that it will be easily accessible.
Although the movement is gaining momentum, there is still such a long way to go. The Poached Egg, is reaching thousands of people worldwide, but there are millions more to be reached. This Christmas season and the approaching New Year is a great time to partner with us financially to help us expand the reach of this ministry. Would you prayerfully consider becoming a monthly supporter or blessing us with a special gift right now? You can give others the gift of apologetics by donating online here.
If you’ve yet to be convinced that apologetics ministry is worthy of your financial support, please read these posts: 121 Quotes on Why We Need Apologetics and Why Apologetics and The Poached Egg? Here’s What Our Readers Are Saying.
I wish all of you right now a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!
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