Christianity 101 via The Alpha Course

by Prioleau Alexander

TomahawkIn my humble opinion, one of the greatest challenges facing the growth of Christianity today is the fact that we Christians aren’t trained to explain our faith.

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?

Seeker: Yeah.

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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