Frustrations of a Lay Apologist
I seem to get into a catch-22 often where nonbelievers tell me I am not intellectual enough, but then I am told by those in the church I make things too complicated. Does anyone else have this problem too? It is frustrating for sure. In this post I want to deal with the church side of things. I will likely address the nonbelievers in a future post.
On September 28, 2010, I wrote a hopeful post about my experience of trying to get apologetics into the church for Apologetics315’s first “How to Get Apologetics in Your Church” series (Link here: http://tinyurl.com/bvwqkls). I thought things would be a little better by now, but they have not gotten that way. However, I am not throwing in the towel, and I will continue to slog away at this. Important things require this kind of work and struggle, even more so when eternity is at stake.
Unfortunately, I find many, if not most, in the church hold to a superficial faith. Most do not seem to take what they believe and why they believe it that seriously. I think at the very least, Christians should be as motivated for the truth as much as others are motivated by their falsehoods. For instance, look at how the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, and Muslims take their beliefs seriously. If we in the church were as half as zealous about Jesus as they are about their false beliefs, we could turn the world upside down. And this is not just about apologetics either, when many of us take our beliefs less seriously, we take Christian disciplines less seriously too. If we don’t really believe what we believe is really real, we tend to slip on praying, Bible reading, and service to the church and others. So we should treat our faith seriously and realize that God has spoken and makes a claim on all aspects of our lives…
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