Sunday, March 17, 2013

Do Christians Deserve Respect--The Bloggers Comments

In the last two blogs, you’ve read the responses of fifteen non-Christians to the question, “Do Christian Deserve Respect.” This blog was posted by visiting blogger, apologist Gary Zacharias. You can follow Gary’s own blog at I encourage you to check it out; he has other great insights to share.
In this third blog, Gary offers a few comments on the responses:

In the previous post, I listed a number of responses from people who were asked what they respected (or didn't respect) about Christians. Their responses gave me a peek into how today's society views Christians. As the old joke starts out, there was some good news and some bad.

The good news was that people respond when Christians live the life that Jesus commanded. Those who wrote about Christians were impressed when they saw love, respect for others, a willingness to hear the other person, and an attempt to maintain friendships despite religious differences. I was pleasantly surprised to hear how impressed the writers were when Christians approached them using logic. For too long we have circled the wagons in our Christians bastions and failed to vigorously contend for the faith, using apologetics (a rational defense of the faith). We have so much rationality on our side--logic, history, archeology, textual criticism, manuscript evidence, and scientific discoveries stretching from the outer reaches of the cosmos down to the incredible cell. I'm glad some are employing these tools as they interact with the world.

On the other hand, there was some bad news. Writers complained about a lack of respect among Christians, a lack of humility, a closed-mindedness, and hypocrisy. Some of this may simply be because Christians say they know the truth, which is unpopular today. But there are ways we can present our position without coming across so negatively. Greg Koukl, a popular Christian radio show host, writer, and speaker, puts it in a good way--we are to act as ambassadors for Christ, demonstrating knowledge, wisdom, and character. Today's postmodernist world wants to see how Christians live and how they treat others before they will respond to our message. That seems fair to me.

Gary Zacharias

I’ll share some of Gary’s other blogs in the future. For my next two blog, however, I’ll share “The Ten Commandments of Apologetics,” which were originally published in my book, Engaging the Closed Minded; Presenting Your Faith to the Confirmed Unbeliever (Kregel Publications, 1999). I think you’ll find then helpful as guiding principles for “doing” apologetics the right way. That is, in a fashion that encourages the unbeliever to give us a fair hearing.
Dan Story

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