Evangelism, Apologetics, and Cultural Impact
by Adrian Urias
There is a difficulty in implementing apologetics into our churches. This difficulty arises from the notion that apologetics has no real practical value; that apologetics is employed only by scholars in their ivory towers—who think themselves wise—which is warned against multiple times in the Bible (e.g., Proverbs 26:12). This attitude is a serious problem and it must be dealt with. The best way to debunk this myth is for Christians to get out (literally) and show that this is not true. Some may argue from the Bible the necessity of apologetics in our church, but as James says, “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do” (James 2:18b). Therefore, we must go out to the frontlines of this spiritual war and show that the proof is in the pudding.
I started an apologetics discussion group on my college campus to extinguish this problem. This was a weekly event where I took my group to evangelize for an hour or so, and then had everyone rendezvous, with visitors, at a specific place where I would give a brief ten to fifteen-minute lesson where we would get into the Word and talk about an issue such as the existence of an afterlife, the existence of God, the problem of evil, religious pluralism, a difficult passage in the Old Testament, and a variety of apologetically themed topics.
The discussion group proved to be effective for two reasons: evangelism and cultural impact. Let us examine the evangelism component. Christians will not see the need to a defense of their faith if there is no apparent need to actually defend their faith. If they do not feel the need to defend their faith, it is probably because they are not willing to present their faith in a challenging arena. The command to go and make disciples is explicit (Matthew 28:18-20). When we do come across non-Christians such as Muslims, Atheists, Wiccans, etc., I encourage my group to have discussions with them. Not arguments, but discussions. This puts their knowledge of apologetics to use.
Now, let us turn to the result of bestowing upon Christianity a good name in society. The stereotypical image of a Christian on a college campus is one of a Bible-thumping, Westboro Baptist ignoramus who is entirely out of touch with reality. The truth is, even if you bring no one to Christ with the campus discussion group, you are still making an impact with these visitors who will hear a good defense of Christianity and your lesson will eat away at their preconceived notions of Christianity. This plants a seed in their mind and, eventually, the culture as a whole…
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