What Is Apologetics and Why Should You Care?
By Natasha Crain
This weekend, my in-laws had our three kids for an overnight, giving us a much needed break. They picked the kids up around noon on Saturday. My husband and I proceeded to spend the entire rest of the day on the couch, alternating between napping and reading.
Napping and reading!
We are so exhausted that it’s all we could fathom doing on a cherished day free from parenting responsibility.
If you read my blog, you’re probably a parent. If you’re a parent, you’re probably exhausted like we are. I do not take it lightly that I’m going to suggest in this post you need to add more to your job description. But if you care about your kids’ spiritual development (as I know you do!), you have to hear me out.
You need to learn apologetics and be ready to train your children with that knowledge.
What is Apologetics?
An apologetic is a reasoned defense for a belief. Christian apologetics is the defense of why we as Christians believe what we do. The biblical basis for this is 1 Peter 3:15:
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“But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.”
Apologetics addresses questions like:
- What evidence is there for God outside the Bible?
- How do we know the Gospels are really eye-witness accounts?
- Was Jesus really God?
- If God is real, why is there so much evil in the world?
- Hasn’t evolution disproven God?
Take a moment and consider if you can honestly answer this sample of questions right now. These questions barely scratch the surface of what you need to be able to address with your kids in today’s world.
Why Every Christian Parent Needs to Care
It’s widely known that at least two-thirds of young adults who grew up in Christian families are turning away from Christianity today. Almost all spiritual leaders agree that training kids with a foundation in apologetics is one of the most important things parents and churches should be doing to address this alarming trend.
You can probably see immediately why, in an increasingly secular world, your kids need robust answers to the tough questions of faith. Apologetics provides those answers. Instead of expanding further on the seemingly obvious, however, I’d like to give you a unique look at why apologetics is so necessary, using a consumer decision-making model that marketers have used for more than one hundred years (I’m in marketing professionally). I believe it has a lot to teach us about spiritual decision making and the role of apologetics. If that sounds complicated, don’t worry – it’s not…