Christian Apologetics - needed today, needed tomorrow. It doesn't take long to view the news, web sites, etc. and see the changes taking place in American culture and society. From Supreme Court rulings approving same-sex marriage to videos on the selling of unborn baby body parts to pastors in Houston having their sermons subpoenaed, the culture has changed and the country has changed.
What hasn't changed is God, God's word, and people's need for Jesus. People need the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet the culture has become more relativistic (there is no absolute truth), pluralistic (all religions are equal or the same - notice how relativism leads to pluralism), and there has been a marked increase in intolerance of Christians and Christianity while demanding tolerance for specific issues, positions, and religions other than Christianity.
In the midst of this cultural change, there has been a strong and welcomed growth in the awareness and popularity of Christian Apologetics, certainly over the last ten or fifteen years. Excellent books, dvds, and training by Christian apologists have been widely available over the last decade and longer. The tremendous growth of the Internet has made apologetic information and videos on topics ranging from DNA and the cell to galaxies and the cosmos available worldwide. Additionally, the increase in live streaming allows a person to watch apologetic conferences from the comfort of one's home and become a better defender of the Christian faith. Certainly Christian Apologetics has flourished in the last decade or two.
HIGHER THOUGHT: Yet in those same ten to twenty years, one cannot help but notice how our culture has moved away from God, away from God's word, and away from God's ways! Why is this when Christian Apologetics has been more popular and more prevalent than ever before? What is the role of Christian Apologetics in today's culture? The answer begins with God's word to His people, "but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you;" 1 Peter 3:15 (ESV) God's word tells the believer to make a defense with "gentleness and respect." The question for every believer is, based on God's word, "Are you ready? Have you prepared?"