We Are Defenders
On Tuesday, we started our April “We Are” series with a bang. Ok, so it wasn’t much of a bang, but we were talking about being soldiers in Christ. Today, I’ll expand on something I briefly mentioned in that post: defending the faith.
Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.” Mark 16:20
This is a scripture that’s easy to overlook. But it has a key phrase (in bold) which really made this stand out. The disciples didn’t just go around and follow God, but when the word was in question, when there was unbelief, they basically showed up the doubters. They confirmed the truth in God’s word, and they confirmed God’s presence, showing how he is here and can become part of the reality of your life. As defenders, we don’t just tell people about Christ. We help them to know Christ, and to know he is real.
And now for the hard part. Whenever anyone who isn’t Christian comes across a Christian in any kind of debate, who usually wins? Many times atheists or agnostics may be better educated than the Christian they decide to challenge. We have to make sure that that’s not the case with us. Yes, quite literally, we have to defend Christ in an argument or debate. In our everyday conversation about anything, Christ should shine through. Our society is hostile to people standing up for the Lord–and that’s exactly what we have to do. This means any off-handed remark or full-on challenge, we have to be ready to take. Of course, we need to do this in a Christ-like manner as well, so keep your cool. Nevertheless, we are supposed to confirm his word and to show that truth is only in God.
…for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me.” Philippians 1:7
Though the verse below doesn’t entirely have to do with what we’re talking about, it mentions “defending and confirming the gospel” right beside each other. That’s because in our walk, defending should look just like confirming God’s word.