In the arena of ideas, followers of Jesus are too often passive listeners. Our society consistently lifts up the sciences as factual and only humors faithful believers of The Creator as opinionated. But God has called us into the courtroom of this world, no matter where we find ourselves in it, to give a living defense of the hope we have within us. We have answers, even when the world doesn’t ask the right questions. Yes, we are authorized by heaven to speak.
“It is because of my hope in what God has promised our fathers that I am on trial today.” (Acts 26:6)
That doesn’t mean we have all the answers, of course. No one does, except for God. But we can point people in the right direction. And where we start is where the apostle Paul focused his argument in Acts 26. He defended his faith, his authority, his morality, his worldview in the promises of God.
God’s promises really are unique in the wide world of religions and ideologies. His prophecies have never been proven false, often being fulfilled centuries later with amazing accuracy. His comfort and assurance in times of trial have spared the sanity of many a believer throughout the centuries. His power to save has come through time and time again. Other religions and worldviews are founded on codes and fading principles. Ours is founded on God’s promises. There Is An Enormous Difference.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to claim that difference. We may not understand all of God’s promises thoroughly – why He sometimes heals and sometimes doesn’t, or how everything will pan out at the end of time – but His track record is solid enough for us to present as evidence in the court of public opinion. We can point to fulfilled prophecies and powerful prayers as case studies in the reality of God. Yes, we have proof.
Arm yourself in God’s Truth. That’s how we can engage a skeptical world in discussions about His reality and promises. As long as they think our faith is wishful thinking and personal opinion, they can discredit it easily. But when we can show how it is founded in real history – actual people and places – it is convincing. So, when you find yourself on trial, and you will sooner or later, defend your faith in God well.
Have a promising weekend. Make it better by worshiping The LORD with those who live according to the promises of God because they know them, live them, and declare their reality.
All For Jesus – Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else.
“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, The King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see, to Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:15b-16)