In today's world Apologetics should never just be about a "nanny nanny boo-boo, I'm smarter than you" kind of trip. Oh, I can refute all the XYZ people who believe in XYZ. This is not the ethos of Jesus, this is not the way of the Apologist. Above all else an apologist for the faith must see himself as a compassionate follower of Jesus in mission with Him in this world. To be real blunt, if you do not care about the souls of others, that they really come to know Jesus, you should not speak for Him, and you may not belong to the Lord. So often we just don't care about people - we don't give a rip whether they know Christ or not and we just continue our lives chasing pride, position and possessions without turning an eye to those separated from life and redemption and hope and truth and peace with God in Christ. Jesus looked out upon the ancient city of Jerusalem and something welled up within his being:
The apologist today must ask herself the following questions:
35And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then he said to his disciples,
"The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."
- Do you view yourself as one sent by Jesus into the world, throughout your city and village proclaiming the gospel of the Kingdom?
- When you see a world filled with idols and pain and brokenness and loneliness and sin do you care? Do you care that people are living without the shepherd they desperately need.
- Do you pray that God would bring in his people through his church?