On the Defensive

Dave Gifford

READ : Colossians 4:5-6

Let your speech always be gracious . . . so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. (v. 6)

Not too many years ago the evangelical churches here in Mexico experienced fierce and constant persecution. New believers here still face ridicule and rejection. As a visible Christian leader I am under scrutinizing eyes, too. How important these verses from Colossians are for all of us!

From reading books and articles on the Internet I sense that in many places open opposition to Christianity is on the rise. Atheists are calling for the “end of faith” and are much more aggressive about opposing traditional religion than they used to be. Now more than ever we who are believers need to speak and behave in ways that do not needlessly offend others. And we need to learn to defend our beliefs thoughtfully and graciously.

Here are some questions that challenge me every day: Do I know what I believe? Do I know why I believe it? Do I know how to explain and defend what I believe? And most importantly: Do I live what I believe? May these questions challenge you, too. And may we all be able to answer “yes” to them a little more consistently each day.

PRAYER

Lord, prepare me to be able to answer those who ask me about my faith in you.