What Al-Qaeda Taught Me About Apologetics
by Dean Meadows
In March of 2006, I arrived in Fallujah, Iraq. I had just turned 19 years old and a boot right out of Marine recruit training. Over the next eight months my life would change forever. I would not be who I am today without these experiences. Ironically, in hindsight, Al-Qaeda has taught me much about apologetics and its place in the Church.
I remember one of our earliest missions involved dropping off detainees on the outskirts of Fallujah. We would convoy on MSR-Mobile, park at the meeting point, and wait for the IP’s (Iraqi Police) to make the transfer. This was all well and good until Al-Qaeda started to catch on. How did they do it? Well, the drops were scheduled at the same day, time, and place each week. There was no variation in our tactics. I don’t know the specific reason(s) why, but I think a large part had to do with underestimating the opposition. We did not take them seriously, so we did not adjust accordingly. Thankfully, we changed our tactics and were extremely successful.
Similarly, the Church has to change tactics in order to impact the culture. society is more skeptical now than it ever has been in the past. Therefore, we need to supplement our actions and testimonies with good intellectual reasons for why we believe what we believe. Furthermore, This means we have to start taking the intellectual opposition seriously and adjust. Apologetics must be a part of the Church’s lifeblood. This is a necessary tactical adjustment if churches want to be more effective in saving the lost…