Why We Need to Know Why We Believe What We Believe
by Kelly Levatino
The woman overheard me telling someone else I am teaching high schoolers at church. That must’ve piqued her interest because she asked in a positively curious tone, “Oh, what are you teaching?”
“Apologetics,” I told the 30-something year old Christian.
“Oh….what does that mean?” she asked, her tone now more confused than perky.
“It means knowing why you believe what you believe,” I responded.
“Oh…” she said uncomfortably, “…that’s….cool….” She didn’t know what else to say, I guess.
Unfortunately, I think this conversation could take place with a large number of people who genuinely love Jesus in our churches.
I’m concerned for Christians who don’t know why they believe what they believe and are OKAY WITH THAT.
Most of the people in this category probably grew up in church. They’ve always believed Biblical doctrine (and some not-so-biblical doctrine, but that’s another post entirely). They base their beliefs on what their pastor has always said, or what their Grandma always taught them, or what their parents said was the truth. And the buck stops there. What’s good enough for these role models is good enough for this kind of Christian. They don’t question what they’ve been taught. They don’t see the need.
But here’s the problem with that.
Pastor and Grandma and Mom and Dad aren’t necessarily going to be there with this Christian when life gets tough, and if they are their, they can’t choose for this Christian whether or not he or she is going to believe God in the midst of hardship.
When the pain of circumstances makes it hard to breathe and God feels totally absent, other people’s beliefs about God won’t be enough motivation for someone else to retain their beliefs in God. We have to know for ourselves why we can believe that God is sovereign and good and trustworthy even in the most brutal times of our lives…
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