One of the reasons why some people don’t want to be involved in apologetics is that they just don’t feel led.
What does that even mean? Is being led a direct communication from God? How do you know when you are being led? Is it audible? Is it a feeling? This is one of those things that people use all the time without taking the time to define what they mean.
It seems that many get this from Paul’s experience in Acts 16.
“And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. So, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.” (Acts 16:6–10 ESV)
There is nothing about this that suggests that we should be waiting for direct intervention before becoming involved in something. This passage is about the major event of Christianity being introduced to Europe. You don’t see Paul waiting for visions elsewhere. Besides, Paul was already involved in evangelism before this.
What kind of things should we wait for a leading? Do we need to feel led before sharing our faith? Do we need to feel led before praying? Do we need to feel led before worshipping? Do we need to feel led before showing love?
People who are passionately involved in ministry do not wait to feel led. They understand their gifts and they see the need and they just do it.
But what about apologetics? I am not talking about becoming a full-time professional apologists. Only a handful of people do that. I am talking about sharing the reason for the hope we have. The Bible says:
“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.” (1 Peter 3:15 ESV)
This seems to be something for all Christians not just those who “feel led.” After all, we already do apologetics for other areas of our life that are important, why should we avoid sharing our reasons for being a Christian?
So if your excuse for not being involved in apologetics is that you have yet to experience a direct leading from God, you better think again.
If you are interested in this idea of being led by God, you might find helpful Greg Koukl’s article on Does God Whisper?