The Christian, Apathy, and Apologetics

by Chad A. Gross

apathyApologetics is derived from the Greek word apologia which means to “defend.” The overall purpose of apologetics is to not only to defend the gospel from attacks on the outside, but also to help believers in Christ see the need for defending what they claim to believe is the truth.

As someone who believes apologetics is vital in today’s culture, I continue to be taken aback when I receive as many, if not more, objections to apologetics from Christians as I do from non-Christians! How can this be?

After much thought and study, I have come to the conclusion that it is apathy that lies at the heart of these objections.

It is my purpose here to take a look at two of the most frequent objections I have heard from Christians regarding apologetics.

Objection One:

“If someone has decided not to believe (the gospel) it doesn’t matter what you say.”

It is not our job to worry about how the person will receive the gospel, but to “go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15, ESV). In this verse, Jesus makes no mention of only preaching to those who will hear. We have no control over the response of others. It is God’s job to prepare the soil of the unbelievers heart. Isn’t this clearly the message that Jesus Himself was communicating with the parable of the sower? Let’s take a look…


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