Whether you want to be or not, you are drafted into the war of ideas
by Lenny Esposito
“Boy, I sure wish you could come with me and talk to my college professor!” “If only I had you with me at our next family dinner.” “Wow, I would love to have those guys at work come and talk to you for a while.” Have you ever said or thought a statement like that before? Many pastors and apologists are hearing phrases like these more and more. There are good reasons for why this is so, as students are facing increasingly harsh criticism when standing up for their Christian beliefs.
As a Christian, you’re a target for others who hold ideas and beliefs different from you. And because you can’t have an expert beside you all the time, it’s going to be up to you to try and defend what you believe in many situations. Whether you want to be or not, you’ve been drafted in to a war — a war of ideas! The Apostle Paul tells us the very same thing when he writes to the church at Corinth:“We use God’s power that can destroy fortresses. We destroy arguments and every bit of pride that keeps anyone from knowing God.” (1 Cor. 10:5 CEV)
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Those fortresses that Paul talks about, those are the ideas that this world has on how to do things: what’s right, how we should act, how we should treat others, and how our faith fits into the picture. Most of the world’s understanding of right and wrong, morality, the nature of man, and how our beliefs are worked out in our daily lives are opposite of what the Bible says should be so…
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