Congratulations! You’ve defended the Bible. Now what do you do with it?
by Cathryn Buse
Typically when I go to different venues to speak or teach, I begin by explaining the importance of being able to defend your faith. I illustrate the kinds of questions that we as Christians must be prepared to answer. We are in a time where we can’t just quote scripture, but we must understand the logic behind what we believe, and the validity of those beliefs as grounded in truth. I usually give personal examples of the skepticism that I have encountered through my career as an engineer. I quickly realized that before I could tell people how to have reconciliation with God for their sins, they must first understand that there is a God.
That is why it is so important to teach our children why Christianity is true – so they can be prepared for those conversations. But teaching our children apologetics can’t stop with just defending God’s existence, the truth of Scripture, and the deity of Jesus. It must continue with the apologetic defense for a complete Biblical worldview, which includes a Biblical worldview on cultural issues. We can’t tell our children to believe Christianity “because the Bible says so.” Similarly, we can’t we tell them to respond a certain way to social and cultural issues just “because the Bible says so.” Now, don’t mistake what I’m saying here. I am not saying that we are not using the Bible to form our views on social issues (otherwise I wouldn’t have called it a Biblical worldview). What I am saying is that we must actually explain what the Bible says on those issues. For example, we can’t just say “homosexuality is wrong” and leave it at that. We must teach them, through the scripture, why (and where) the Bible says that is wrong. It is the same with any other number of cultural issues, like abortion, gender equality, gender identification, pornography, racism, or even helping the poor.
Our stances on each of these issues should be formed by what Scripture says about it. But it must be taught in an apologetic manner so that our children can understand why the Bible takes that stance, and therefore, why we take that particular stance. Otherwise, we send them out into the world only hearing “that is wrong” or “that is sinful” or “we should doing this” with no reasonable explanation for it. Then, when they meet the nicest people in the world who are approve of the things we said were sinful, and condemn the things that we said were moral, our children won’t understand why they should still hold to the Biblical view. At that point, the scriptural stance on the issues will be pushed aside and replaced by the culturally accepted norms. Their worldview will be peer-driven instead of Bible-driven…
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