Here’s a question all of us apologists have asked at least once if we are serious about presenting Christ to those who are steeped in a different worldview:
“How do I effectively show them that their worldview is false and destructive without alienating them or shutting them down completely from hearing the Gospel?”
The usual answer I hear is profoundly true: “Follow the leading of the Spirit, and do so with love and an attitude of peace” BUT it isn’t really a complete answer.
You see, God has given us tools to use, and it is foolish for us to either ignore them or fail to learn and be able to use them when appropriate.
One tool is that of the simple question. Simply asking pointed questions with the proper attitude can point out the fallacies and consequences of a worldview without being snarky or confrontational.
Remember, the goal of presenting the Gospel to those who are skeptical or even decidedly opposed to Christ is not to ‘make the sale’; it is to give them enough information and reality to think about for them to come to the point where they can clearly see who Christ is, and then decide whether to follow Him or not. It is God’s work to bring them to Him; it is our task to live our lives and present His truth in such a way that they will hear His voice. Continue reading