Christian Case Making Is Not A Submission Match
By David W. Gilmore
I had a couple of interactions this past week that reminded me how easy it is to let conversations be more like ideological counter punching contests and less like diplomatic discussions. You know that feeling I’m talking about; when you are more interested in getting your point across than you are in understanding the other person’s point of view. Someone says something that you’ve studied about, and rather than take the time to clarify what they mean, you see this as your opportunity to dump some wisdom on them or counter with the rock solid defense you’ve worked up against their position. The problem here, though, is that by being so ready to punch back, you may be swinging at a target that isn’t even there.
The Ambassador model that we are to follow has three components; knowledge, wisdom and character. Typically, as a new case maker, we start with knowledge. We’ve heard all the attacks against Christianity, and we are anxious to know the counter to those attacks. We want to know how to defend what we believe. We think of ourselves more like a boxer than an ambassador…