Should We Leave Apologetics to the Professionals?
by Tyson Bradley
Who should be a “Christian case-maker?” In a previous post we discussed how apologetics is the Biblical call of every Christian.
It’s true that there are some people who devote their whole lives and study in universities and full-time work in the area of Christian case-making. These are the “professional” apologists. They’re the experts. They don’t have the average full-time job in the secular world that you may have. Should we leave apologetics to them because, after all, that’s all they seem to do for a living?
You’re much too busy to read/study/do the hard work it takes to train in Christian apologetics. Suppose you have told someone you’re a Christian and now they are asking you some tough questions, you may be tempted to ask one of the following 3 objections to doing apologetics for yourself:
Can’t I Just Get My Smart Friend/Pastor to Talk to Them?
You’ve been asked a tough question about Christianity and you weren’t prepared to answer. You respond to the non-Christian you’re talking with: “Great question, you should talk to my pastor about that!” Why can’t you give a reasonable case for Christianity right at that moment?
I’m sure your pastor would be delighted to chat with your non-Christian friend, but I’m also sure he is probably quite busy. What if the person you’re chatting with is a stranger? How are you going to make sure you can set up a meeting between them and your smart friend/pastor? You’re taking a risk in this busy world. By all means, you can invite them to chat with your smart friend/pastor, but do make sure this is not going to be intimidating for them.
Meanwhile, you’ve got the opportunity right then and there to give them a reasonable answer yourself. Don’t waste the opportunity…
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