I don’t think I have ever heard the term used before, but I like it. It basically means that as Christians the way we live is as much a part of the defense of the faith as the knowledge we can pour forth. I was working on my assignments for a class this week and had to submit a discussion board post on this topic. I offer it here for my loyal readers as food for thought (the blue text below).
Incarnational apologetics is a good way to describe the heart of the Christian life. We are told to always be ready to give an answer for the hope that is within us (1 Peter 3:15) and we are also commanded to live in such a way that others will see it and give glory to God (Matthew 5:16). Both of these concepts are addressed in the article on incarnational apologetics.
Speaking from a personal perspective, the power of informational apologetics is extremely limited. I have long held a passion and a love for informational apologetics and I can give a lot of the answers that people are seeking. But right answers don’t result in a lot of changed lives in my experience. What I have noticed is exactly what Wheeler pointed out; people take note of lives lived in such a way that you know they are genuine in their beliefs. It reminds me of the quote I have heard, which is attributed to Brennan Manning, “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”
It is little wonder that evangelism finds so few people who believe us anymore. If we are people who draw near to God with our lips, but not with our lives; we will never convince the world that there is a God who loves them and sent His Son to die for them or for us.
What do you think?