Christianity 101 via The Alpha Course
by Prioleau Alexander
We try, of course, and some are better than others, but it’s no easy task. Christianity is a very broad topic, and it’s tough to put into conversational language. The problem is often exacerbated by the fact that some non-Christians feel like it’s their duty to object to your ideas every time you take a breath. Here’s an analogous conversation using history instead of Christianity:
Seeker: Why are you so into American history, man? I don’t get it.
Me: Because it’s important. It’s our culture, our customs, our–
Seeker: Well, maybe, if you believe what was written is true.
Me: Of course it’s true. There’s loads of evidence that–
Seeker: Then how come American history focuses on white, European males?
Me: Uh, because they accomplished the most stuff in American history?
Seeker: Oh, so they’re better and smarter than everyone else?
Me: No! They also made the big mistakes! We can learn from–
Seeker: That’s not true. They covered up their mistakes.
Me: How do you cover up your mistakes from history?
Seeker: Because the winners decide what gets written.
Me: So you think there’s nothing to learn from American history?
Seeker: Not unless it includes the written perspective of an American Indian. What do you think about that?
Me: About American Indians?
Me: I’m all for them. My wife is one-quarter Cherokee. In fact, I wish an American Indian was here right now. Maybe he’d be willing to tomahawk me in the head so I could get out of this conversation.
It’s hard stuff, I tell you.
There is, however, hope for the evangelism efforts of folks like me…
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