I finished reading The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus by Gary Habermas today. It was a great book that set out a very intentional approach to sharing proofs for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It was written with the historian in mind as it attempted to prove the historicity of the Resurrection by using what Habermas called the “minimal facts approach.” This approach appeals to historical evidence that is accepted by most critical scholars. Evidences such as the radical changes in Paul and in the skeptic James, the brother of Jesus is addressed. The writing of the early church historians as well as non-Christian historians and the willingness of the apostles to die for their belief were also included in his defense. It certainly prepares you for the discussion on this topic….BUT…..
The part of the book that I want to talk about though is located at the end of the book. Habermas and Licona wrote a chapter on communicating your message. I wanted to quote their words as something for us all to ponder on:
“What are you communicating? Are you so concerned about offending others that you refuse to take a stand on virtually any issue? This is far from the way Jesus was. Many were offended by His teachings.
On the other hand, are you the company preacher who walks around with a scowl? Do people smell your brimstone aftershave as you pass by? This was not Jesus’ general approach either.”
There has to be a balance. When we get ‘educated’ in the truths of God’s Word, let’s remember this passage from Paul. “Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies” 1 Corinthian 8:1.
Let’s pray that we never become so confident in our ‘wisdom’ that we lose sight of our calling. Humility is the key to communicating with this world the message of the cross. What God is trying to build can be torn down by us by a single harsh word. Keep it cool. Speak with the boldness that God will grant and remember the “object is not to win an argument but rather to lead a person to truth.”