"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved, it is the power of God." 1 Cor 1:18
Beloved, we all know people who do not share our faith. More and more it seems, people are turning to science, philosophy and psychology to explain human existence and thought processes. God is little more than a concept at best and a crutch for a weak mind at worst. Interestingly enough, even in biblical times, those who did not follow the one true God at least acknowledged and believed in something higher than themselves. Today, many believe just in themselves.
For this cause we have something called apologetics. This is not an apology but a systematic defense of the faith through the use of reason. In scripture we come into contact with this idea specifically in 1 Pet 3:15 which says, "Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be always ready to give an answer to every man that asks you for a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear." The word "answer" in this passage is the Greek word "apologia," in English, apologetics.
Using apologetics, we are to defend the faith. It surely is under attack more and more each day. Through apologetics we also share the faith. For as many as there are attacking, there are vastly more who are seeking. And finally, we use the biblical knowledge that is apologetics to strengthen the church. It is only a strong church that can withstand attack, effectively evangelize and therefore grow, expanding the borders of God's kingdom.
You may never have heard the word apologetics in this context, but know it is an integral part of the Christianity we hold so dear.
Loving Like Jesus,