It isn’t one of my best memories but I worked at a retail store selling high-end clothing. And my paycheck was 100% commission which is something that forces you to figure out what makes you sell clothes and what doesn’t… fast!
Who would trust that guy?
Something I learned fairly quickly is that if you don’t dress really great, people aren’t going to buy from you. And it makes perfect sense, if I am selling clothing to you… if I want you to trust me to make you look good, I better darn well look good myself. Why would you trust me to make you look good if I can’t even do it for myself?
Reason cannot be separated from action
X, Y, Z doesn’t disprove Christianity says the apologist! And often they are correct. But if Christians don’t oppose the evil in their time, if they don’t prioritize love, who is going to care? Who is going to listen?
We can’t always blame the atheists
It is easy to blame the atheists… after all, you just gave them a rational argument! But in reality no one makes their decision by pure reason… not even you. Who is going to buy clothes from a person who can’t dress themselves? Who is going to convert to Christianity if all they see are hypocritical Christians?
Love is more important than reasoning
As Paul wrote, “…knowledge puffs up while love builds up.” (1 Cor. 8:1) And,
“my message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power.” (1 Cor. 2:4)
Love is first. It may be questionable whether we should be doing apologetics at all but if we do it we should not forget the centrality of love.
Apologetics & Trump
It seems this a serious problem with being a Christian supporting Trump. You may get a conservative supreme court (possibly…) but how many people will they stop from being converted to Christianity? You can have all the apologetic arguments you want but when you loudly support a man so opposite to Christianity, many people see you as the guy wearing shabby clothes trying to sell them clothing.
Love is an apologetic
For many people, simply breaking the stereotype they see on TV about Christians will be more powerful than anything you say. As a former atheist I found that this was an important step in my conversion… seeing that there are genuine loving and kind Christians.
Why apologetics matters too
As an atheist it was also important to me to find answers. I didn’t want to believe something that was false, even if the people who believed it were kind. So I think traditional apologetics does matter and can be good as long as we don’t forget that often our actions speak louder than words. And the former seem to be more important to God than the latter.