As a long-ago Evangelical Christian and longtime Bible Student (Christian College, Seminary, Ministry) I continue to find it intriguing that many people still want to “save the world.” So, in my curiosity (and nostalgia?), I sometimes visit and engage Christian Apologetic (defending the faith) websites. Here’s one article I just found:
“Should Christians Accept Secular Critique?” (Christian Apologetics Alliance)
I actually find several of the CAA writers thoughtful and fairly respectful, so I left a comment agreeing with the author’s words on humility (not an exclusive value for people of faith). I was also stunned to be reminded of a few lines from good old Paul of Tarsus from his First Letter to the Corinthians:
“Those who are spiritual discern all things, and they are themselves subject to no one else’s scrutiny. For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.” (2:15-16)
Wow. This is quite stunning. And the writer on that blog gives it quite a spin, but I think this will be spinning in my mind for a while. I recall my Evangelistic, Apologetic days, how we believed these words wholeheartedly. After all, how COULD anyone really question someone who had the Mind of God?! Note the conflicts among the Early Christians, some saying THEY knew what God was thinking and others saying, Oh No You Don’t! Well, we know this wasn’t just the “Early” Christians. These Later Christians of our day also fight those battles with each other (You’re NOT Saved! No, YOU’RE Not Saved!). And those of us who are Simply Secular, who walked away from the Bible Battles and Wars For God, get caught in the “cross-fire” (pun intended) and can only shake our heads and wonder how any of this shows us either the “Mind of Christ” or Humility.
(Note: Christians have had 2000 years to “save the world” yet, last time I looked, there are still hungry people, homeless people, injustice, hatred and continual Wars for God. Give it some thought: 2000 years. Might be time to try something else? Can’t just be a problem with non-believers, can it?)
Last Question for now: Which is better and more helpful in our world today: Defensive Faith or Offensive Faith?