13 Who will harm you if you are zealous for good? 14 But happy are you, even if you suffer because of righteousness! Don’t be terrified or upset by them. 15 Instead, regard Christ the Lord as holy in your hearts. Whenever anyone asks you to speak of your hope, be ready to defend it. 16 Yet do this with respectful humility, maintaining a good conscience. Act in this way so that those who malign your good lifestyle in Christ may be ashamed when they slander you.
Apologetics: the art of defending and giving evidence for the Christian faith. The writer of 1 Peter saw it as important to be ready to provide evidence for our faith, and the hope we live in, to anyone who asks. We best defend our faith and radiate hope, not in arguments or disputes, but by being able to reasonably and realistically support our faith candidly, confidently, compassionately and comprehensively.
Why? Think about how faith in Christ has changed your life. In essence, why do you believe? Create an “elevator speech” for your faith – something you could share in 30 seconds or less while on an elevator with someone. Here are some questions to consider as you think about this.
O Lord, in my passion to defend my Christian faith, help me to be humble to all I meet. Let your loving kindness flow through me as I represent you to the world around me. Amen.
[Elevator doors open]
“Hi there! Which floor?”
“Oh, this shirt? I got it after I went on a serve trip to Dallas with the Church of the Resurrection. It was a great experience, helping others and learning more about what organizations in Dallas are doing to build community and support their most vulnerable populations. I actually work at the church in the Missions department. It’s a pretty great gig.”
“Well, I was raised in the church, and I have a degree in Religious Studies. But the process of studying religion, combined with my childhood church shutting its doors made me pretty cynical. I walked away from the church and shut myself off from the possibility of ever going back."
"Interestingly enough, it was actually studying Buddhism that brought me back to Christianity. I read a quote from Thich Nhat Hahn, a Vietnamese monk. He wrote – 'A tree without roots cannot survive. A person without roots cannot survive either.' Those words hit deep within my soul. I was withering without my roots."
"I ever so slowly dipped my toes back in to the church world. I was pleasantly surprised how people were willing to welcome and love me exactly where I was on my journey. Now I’m grateful that I’ve found a place where I feel challenged to learn more, to wrestle with the hard questions, to experience a joy-filled worship community and really get engaged with serving others.”
[Elevator dings and the doors open]
“Oh! This is my stop. It was lovely chatting with you. Hey, if you don’t have a place to go on Easter or you are looking to try something new, Church of the Resurrection has Easter services in Leawood, Blue Springs, Olathe and even one at the Kauffman Center!The schedule is on cor.org/easter if you’re interested. Hope I see you there! Take care.”
A tree without roots cannot survive. A person without roots cannot survive either. . .When the time is right, when they are capable of smiling and forgiving, we tell them, “Go back to your own culture, go back to your own family, go back to your own church. They need you. They need you to help renew themselves and no longer alienate their young people. Do that not only for your own generation but for the future generations as well. - "Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers," by Thich Nhat Hahn
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