I just watched a movie with a distinct political bent, and I walked away…perplexed. Before renting the movie, I wasn’t sure where I stood on this environmental issue. And now…well, I’m not convinced of the movie makers’ opinion, that’s for sure. Not because the arguments weren’t sound, but because the writers never allowed the opposition to make a point. It was as though there were no counter arguments. For fun, I popped over to Google and typed in, “In favor of…” the issue, and Google returned 1.5 million page results.
So there are counter-arguments to this movie’s political bent, but the movie makers didn’t have the courage to voice them. That’s a little sketchy.
Any good debater knows the best way to win an argument is to raise and disqualify your opponent’s points, not to pretend they don’t exist. Or to insult the opponent. Or to change the subject.
While I was thinking about this, I considered my belief in Christ. Aren’t you glad that as Christians, we don’t have to resort to such tactics when people question our faith? I have yet to hear an argument against Christ that can’t be refuted—with evidence.
Yes, becoming a Christian takes faith. But it’s not blind faith. It’s faith based on evidence, mountains of it. And with all the resources out there, we have no excuse not to know—or at least be able to get our hands on—that evidence. You can pull points straight from the greatest 20th century Christian apologist, CS Lewis. You can reference Josh McDowell’s The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict. Check out Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ, while you’re at it.
And then there’s your own story. Revelation 12:11 says, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony…” We can overcome our enemy–and the objections of our friends–by sharing our own personal stories. And the way you’ve grown over the years, always becoming the “new creation” talked about in 2 Corinthians 5:17–that should help convince your friends and family that this life of faith is no fairy tale.
As believers, we have all the ammunition we need to share our faith and share it in love. If people choose to join us on our journey of faith–well, that’s up to Christ.
~ Robin Patchen