The Necessity of Apologetics
by Jason Burnett
For several years now, our church has taken a trip to the Passion conference in Atlanta, GA. I always look forward to going. I enjoy the teaching, the worship, and having the opportunity to pour into the lives of our high school seniors and college students. In 2016, I was excited to hear that Ravi Zacharias was going to be a speaker. Dr. Zacharias’ ministry has made a major impact on my life and has shaped the way I think about apologetics.
It doesn’t seem that I am alone, for when his name comes up in conversation with other pastors it is common to hear their appreciation of his ministry. The same was true the day he spoke at Passion. While Passion has many great teachers and speakers, something happened when Dr. Zacharias took the stage that I have never seen before, the whole place stood in ovation. Over 15,000 students and adults stood to their feet to show their appreciation of the one best apologists of this day and age. Why? Why would they honor such a man? Surely it is because of his apologetics ministry, and the fact that his ministry, and thus apologetics, is impacting the lives of many.
Always Be Ready
1 Peter 3:15 commands the church, “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” In this verse, Peter commands Christians who are suffering to be ready to give answers when the questions come and he points us in the direction of how to do it.
But it seems that many middle school and high school believers are not ready to give answers when the questions come.
As a result, there are at least three things that are likely to happen…