Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. -Matthew 5:16 (NASB)
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction. -2 Timothy 4:2 (NIV)
The fascinating discipline of apologetics is the defense and proof of the faith and God through discourse and argumentation. It’s something we all could learn to do better, to be able to respond when Jesus is being blasphemed in this world.
The testimony and lessons God teaches me that I record on this blog, and many other devotional blogs like it, offer proof and testimony of God’s fingerprints on us and the world around it. But there’s something I’d argue is even more important than a spoken or written defense: a living defense.
More is caught than taught, the old saying goes. And just like with raising children, we can argue a point till we’re blue in the face, but if we’re not practicing it ourselves, our words can fall on deaf ears…and our words can seem hollow.
So to that point, I argue that we prove God’s existence and love by living our faith intentionally. By choosing to act and react as Jesus would, rather than instinctually reacting in our flesh when the world bites us. By not getting hostile or defensive with critics of the faith. By measuring every moment before impulsively jumping into it. By living in a way that the world sees Him and not us.
Let’s talk the apologetics talk, but also walk it.
Sidewalk Prophets’ “Live Like That” tells God we want the world to see Him in everything we say and do.