Apologetically speaking, I’m not apologizing

Kathleen Kjolhaug
Friday, May 3, 2019
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Theology in the Trenches

Have you ever caught yourself apologizing to someone for your Christian faith simply because they wrongly interpret what it is you believe? Do you ever cower and wonder why you believe what you do after having subtle accusations flung your way? Do we, as believers, know why it is we believe what we do?

Answers are available, and if we do not know those answers, then we need only ask. There are many who are wise who do have answers. Faith is intelligent; it’s not only full of truth but reason. Many have dedicated their lives to the study of why it is we believe what we believe. The study of this is called Apologetics. Trust me when I say this, they make no apologies for knowing what they know.

If I do not know something about my faith, rather than try to defend it or worse yet believe my accuser, I make phone calls to those who do know more.

The Saints who have gone before us have passed down a wealth of information since the beginning of Christianity and they documented much. There were those who were with Him when He performed miracles. They walked the shores of Galilee with the Master and watched as He rode the donkey into Jerusalem. Many walked along side Him on the Via Delarosa, the route he took during His crucifixion. The accounts that were passed down were not only validated by eye witnesses, but the baton was carefully passed down through trusted church fathers. Tended to as Holy ground each truth is.

Many have studied the accounts in Greek and Hebrew texts which are recorded in the Bible. Our faith is easily traced back to these roots and passed on through His Word it is.

The fact is, “Jesus is the same, yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8). It is not written that He is the same for tomorrow only, but rather forever, for all of the tomorrows and was the same for all of the yesterdays there ever were and will ever be.

John 14:6 says, “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

When I’m feeling threatened by an assault upon my faith, I must be still. When lies or accusations come into play … I must go to a trusted source that can help me sort it out in order to respond in love. Reacting out of pride in order to defend myself rather than defend Him will fail in its attempts.

The best part of being able to share our faith with others is that it’s for them as well. He was not mutually exclusive which means He came for all and for a really good reason. He came to give life.

“I come that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

This is backed up in John 10:10 which says, “The thief comes only to kill, and to destroy … while He desires life in all its fullness.”

When persecution comes, we must remember who the enemy is. It is not those standing before us.

Ephesians 6:12 makes this clear, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

To see clearly means that if He desires life for all, then I must desire life for all. And when we truly put on the mind of Christ, we too will desire that all may know Him.

We rest in His promise that “the gates of hell will not prevail against His church” (Matt. 15:18).

He built His church upon the rock. It is solid.

“Seek and you shall find. Knock and the doors shall be open. For everyone that asks receives and he that seeks will find and to him that knocks it shall be opened” (Matt. 7:8).

No more apologizing for the faith you’ve been given as a gift, and may you represent it well as you seek. Amen.

( Kathleen Kjolhaug is a religion columnist.)

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