A Biblical Image For How Apologetics Helps Build the Church
by Stephen Bedard
Christians are divided on the role of Christian apologetics and its usefulness. While some are convinced of the importance of apologetics, others see it as a distraction from “real” ministry.
I see apologetics as having a number of roles, including both evangelism and discipleship. But there is an image that I see in the Old Testament that I believe nicely illustrates how apologetics can help build the church.
In Nehemiah 4, we have the story of rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem. The walls had been destroyed years before by the Babylonians. While the Persians, who had succeeded the Babylonians, gave the Jews permission to rebuild the walls, the local inhabitants were not as happy. There were people in the area who were not interested a walled Jerusalem and so they opposed the Jews.
We can agree that the goal was to get those walls up and Nehemiah assigned people to build those walls. But they were never going to be successful as long as their enemies were attacking…