Sometimes when a person casts doubt on what we believe in, our initial reaction is to be offended. I’m not sure about you, but for me it might be because my pride makes me think the person is questioning my intelligence in believing something seemingly illogical or improbable.
My attitude radically changed when God reminded me that I used to be one of those people who questioned His existence when I was a student. When you are from a university that likes to pride itself in students who are critical thinkers, you can hardly avoid such queries. And personally, I LOVE THAT! We wouldn’t want people to simply conform just because Christianity is popular or because the people are nice. Real transformation begins when we fully believe in God’s power, sovereignty and love. And sometimes that entails someone throwing you off balance with a hard question. Here’s the thing though, I find that in seeking an answer to the question (from the right sources, of course), my faith is strengthened in the end.
And when my faith is tested and strengthened, I’m more likely to want to share it to others. You can’t help but talk to others about something you really believe in. Why would we be hesitant to share the Gospel to others if we are convinced that it’s the solution to our greatest problem (SIN) and it’s the answer to our greatest need (SALVATION), not just in this life but for eternity?
…but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,… (1Peter 3:15, ESV)