I had been trying to post every week; however, I missed this past week and will likely miss many more as my access to the internet is going to be limited for a while. After twenty years ministering in my present church, I am leaving that ministry and moving to South Carolina. The situation is complicated and complicated more by my mother-in-law’s severe heart attack.
This time of struggle has been a challenge to my faith only emphasizing the importance of apologetics on a most practical level. If we are honest, we would concede that when there are great challenges to our faith we are tempted to ask ourselves if the good God Who cares for us and Whom we seek to reveal really exists. It is one thing to intellectually defend a position and another to live it. The greatest apologetic is a life that reveals the existence of God, and there is no better way to demonstrate the reality of God than when we trust in God during times of struggle and tragedy showing in our lives His upholding strength and wonderful working. There is no more hypocritical way to harm the cause of Christ than to vigorously defend His existence and then live in fear and worry or in disappointment and bitterness as if He did not exist when the life of the apologist gets turned upside-down. All those who seek to reveal God need to heed this truth. Indeed, many an atheist became atheistic because they did not find God in their time of crises and assumed that God, therefore, did not exist. Often, the intellectual attack on the idea of God’s existence follows this time of crises. Therefore we need all the more to demonstrate God’s reality in our struggles. Many individuals have come not only to see the reality of God, but go on to place their faith in Him after seeing His reality in the life of a believer struggling with difficulties trusting God Who then demonstrates His own reality by sustaining the believer and bringing him or her through the trial.
If the God of the Bible exists, and He most certainly does, then He is working in our lives to conform us to His Son (Romans 8:29). The struggles in our lives are designed for us to that end and to reveal His glory (Ephesians 1:6-9). Real apologetics is best practiced not in our arguments, but in our struggles.