In Matthew 5:13-16, the Lord Jesus calls Christians two things: salt and light. He doesn’t tell us that we could be salt and light, or even that we should be salt and light. He just tells that we are salt and light. The question is not if we are salt and light, but how good are we at being salt and light. If salt loses its flavor, it’s useless. If light is hidden, it’s pointless. It’s that simple.
Apologetics is very similar. The question is not if we could or should be apologists. We already are apologists. We became apologists when we became Christians. God has called us to always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks us what we believe and why we believe it (1 Peter 3:15).
Ok, now take a breath. It’s not like every Christian has to give lectures in front of crowds of people or publicly debate those with non-Christian beliefs. God has equipped each of us with the special gifts and talents that we need to accomplish what He wants us to do as individuals. You may be a public speaker who can point people to Christ multitudes at a time. You may be a shy but personal friend to someone who just won’t listen to anyone else. Whatever gifts you may have, you are to use them for the glory of the One who gave them to you.
So, what now? Well, in order to be ready with an answer, you have to get ready with an answer. That’s right, time to study! Dive into the resources you find here and elsewhere (but, mainly here!). Talk to your pastor, youth leader, teacher, or parents. Talk to them about understanding why you believe what you believe. Remember, it’s their job to have an answer for you. Whatever you do, don’t get anxious. You don’t have to have all the answers. God has a specific plan for you. Allow Him to guide you in what you study and the questions you ask. That’s as important as having His guidance in answering the question.
Always remember two things:
- Jesus said, “…without me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
- Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)