Not everyone appreciates apologetics. That is fine. Not every Christian needs to be involved in an apologetics ministry, although we all need to be able to provide a defence for the reason for the hope within us (1 Peter 3:15).
When I became a Christian, I did not know there was such a thing as apologetics. I had to navigate my skepticism and doubts on my own. Thankfully, I did stumble on to apologetics, beginning with C.S. Lewis and Josh McDowell.
Here are some reasons that I am thankful that there is such a thing as Christian apologetics.
- There are seekers who have sincere questions about Christianity.
- Other worldviews, whether religious or atheist, do apologetics for their own beliefs.
- New Christians need to be discipled by learning how to accurately articulate the faith.
- Some new Christians have faith, but struggle with doubts.
- Our culture needs to see that Christianity is a rational and reasonable alternative.
- There are many misconceptions about what Christianity is.
- Challenges come to our faith at unexpected times during our faith journey.
- Emotional feelings toward God, while very important, are not always consistent.
- Being involved in apologetics can be a rewarding experience and often strengthens one’s faith.
- There are many great people, both famous and not, who are involved in apologetics and there are opportunities for fellowship and encouragement.
When I look at all of these things, I can only thank God that there is such a thing as apologetics.